Ka’Shawn Baldwin was pulled over by a police officer for driving a car with expired license plates on April 17, but instead of getting a ticket he got a ride to his job interview.
The 22-year-old told KSDK he was desperate to land a second job as a package handler, so he took a risk by driving his friend’s car with a suspended driver’s license and expired tags.
However, while driving the borrowed car, Baldwin was pulled over and thought he was about to receive a ticket for driving illegally when the officer who was patrolling the streets that day showed him compassion.
Baldwin told CNN:
“I thought it was over. The main thing that was running through my mind [was] I’m fixin’ to miss the job interview and get the car towed that wasn’t even mine.”
Instead of issuing the young adult a ticket, Officer Roger Gemoules followed Baldwin as he dropped off the vehicle at a safe location and then gave him a lift to the interview.
Baldwin, who already works at McDonald’s, said he currently takes a 90-minute bus ride to work. He needs a second job to buy a car, a home, and get his license back. Gemoules said:
“He was polite when I pulled him over, and seemed like a good young man and I want to give him a chance. If I gave him bunch of tickets and towed his car in, it would be tough for him to recover from.”
The Illinois man praised the officer for his kind actions and for driving him to his destination. Baldwin said:
“I was a few minutes late, but I made it. I was grateful, I was thankful. Made it to the interview, I got a job.”
Baldwin said he will be taking the bus to his new job with Fed-Ex.
The assistant to Cahokia’s mayor, Francella Jackson, shared the story on Facebook.
Cahokia police officer Roger Gemoules pulled a vehicle over yesterday that had expired plates. The occupant of the car…
On behalf of Mayor Curtis McCall Jr., I would like to thank Officer Gemoules for showing compassion and being a great example of how community oriented policing actually works.
The community congratulated Officer Germoules for his outstanding work patrolling the streets of Cahokia, Illinois.
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