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Officer Gives Driver a Ride to Job Interview, Sparing Him a Ticket

The man was driving his friend's car with a suspended license, but was able to land the job!


A police officer in Illinois pulled a driver over for expired plates--but instead of giving him a ticket, he ended up giving him a lift to his job interview!

Kai Shawn Baldwin was running late for the interview, and he had borrowed a car from a friend to get there since he didn't have any other transportation. Not only was the car's plates expired, but Baldwin was also driving on a suspended license.

" I thought it was over," Baldwin told CNN. "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 ."

Cahokia Police Officer Roger Gemoules had pulled Baldwin over. He's normally a school resource officer, but was on patrol since the high school was on spring break. He says Baldwin was very respectful and explained the situation.

"I could feel that he really was wanting to get to this job interview," Gemoules said.

So instead of writing Baldwin a ticket, Gemoules told him to hop into his cruiser and he gave Baldwin a ride to the interview. He was a couple of minutes late, but still managed to land the job!

The story went viral on Facebook, after it was shared by an assistant in the mayor's office who said "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."

"I'm very proud of Officer Gemoules and the outstanding judgment and decision making that he used in helping this young man," Mayor McCall said.

For now, Baldwin says he'll take the bus to his new job until he saves up enough money to get a new license.

Image courtesy Francella Jackson.

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