Cop Could've Arrested Man but Drove Him 100 Miles Instead

Ohio officer drove Mark Ross to Detroit for sister's funeral
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 27, 2016 1:05 PM CDT
Cop Could've Arrested Man but Drove Him 100 Miles Instead
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A compassionate police officer in Ohio turned a traffic ticket into a road trip over the weekend, with the recipient of his kind deed calling the experience "overwhelming." Mark Ross found out Sunday morning his 15-year-old sister had died in a car accident, and he needed to get from Indiana to Detroit to be with his family, Inside Edition reports. Because he didn't have his own car, he begged a friend to drive him to Michigan—but he probably asked the wrong person. As they were speeding through Ohio, police lights started flashing, and Ross knew they were in trouble. "I knew I was going to jail due to a petty warrant," Ross wrote in a Facebook post, per KTLA 5. The driver also had an outstanding warrant, so he got taken into custody and the car was towed.

But what happened to Ross next blew his mind. A second cop, Ohio State Highway Patrol Sgt. David Robison, showed up at the scene and heard what had happened to Ross' sister. "I explained … I needed to get to my mother asap," Ross writes. "I broke down crying and he saw the sincerity in my cry." Robison offered to take Ross the remaining 100 miles to Detroit, where he dropped him off at a local coffee shop so a cousin could pick him up. "Everybody knows how much I dislike Cops but I am truly Greatful [sic] for this Guy. He gave me hope," Ross writes. Robison also told Ross he'd like to attend the funeral to pay his respects. (A Kansas cop was moved by a shoplifting mom.)

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