Texas police officer issues ticket — and $100 bill — to financially strapped motorist

Nadine Kalinauskas
Good News
December 14, 2012

A Plano, Texas, police officer recently pulled over a driver for an expired registration sticker.

Hayden Carlo, 25, told the officer, who chooses to remain anonymous, that he was struggling financially and couldn't afford to renew his registration.

"I said, "There's no explanation for why I haven't done it, except I don't have the money,'" Carlo told KTVT. "I said, 'It was either feed my kids or get my registration done.'"

The officer wrote a citation and handed it to Carlo. Inside the ticket was a $100 bill.

Carlo burst into tears. With the money he was able to update the registrations on both his car and his wife's car.

The officer told no one of his good deed. The story only made headlines when Carlo's grandfather, Billy McIntire, wrote a letter of gratitude to the police department.

"I get emotional when we talk about this type of thing," McIntire said. "You just don't find that many officers who would do this type of thing."

The officer's coworkers plan to honour him for his good deed. A spokeswoman for the Plano PD told Dallas News that the officer, a 43-year-old family man, has done similar things for struggling motorists in the past.

"He helped me out when I needed it and I appreciate that," Carlo said. "I'll never forget that man. It definitely restored my faith in God."