- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 23, 2014

PRINCETON, W.Va. (AP) - Several motorists in the Princeton area got a surprise when they were pulled over by West Virginia State Police troopers.

Instead of a ticket, the troopers gave each motorist a $100 bill.

First Sgt. M.R. Crowder said Monday’s giveaway was a Secret Santa project funded by an anonymous donor who gave the detachment $1,000 to distribute to motorists.

“He said he wasn’t rich, but he did have a little bit of money that he would like to give back into the community,” Crowder told the Bluefield Daily Telegraph (https://bit.ly/1ztmSf1).

Crowder was touched by the man’s generosity.

“It’s excellent. I tell ya, I about got emotional on him when he was standing here. When he gave it to me. I told him it’s probably one of the kindest things I’ve seen in my 20 years in being in law enforcement,” Crowder said.

The gift was timely for Marie Davis of Spanishburg.

“It feels great. I could use the hundred dollars. I was thinking how am I going to buy stuff to make Christmas dinner. I’d taken the money to buy stuff for my daughter for Christmas and I was like, am I going to have anything left to buy Christmas dinner? So this will really help,” she told the newspaper.

Davis was puzzled when her vehicle was pulled over in Lashmeet, wondering what she had done wrong.

“So I thought I didn’t really do anything, but I better find my paperwork. He came up and asked if I felt lucky today. And I said, ‘No, not really.’ And he give me a $100 bill and a candy cane,” Davis told the newspaper.

Trooper D.C. Graham said it was a privilege to bring joy to people because their dealings with law enforcement are usually negative.


Information from: Bluefield Daily Telegraph, https://www.bdtonline.com



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