Drivers thought they were getting tickets; police had something else in mind

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LOWELL, Mich. — It’s never fun to get pulled over by a police officer. There’s the dread that a good day is about to turn bad … or a bad day is about to get worse.

Not so in Lowell, Mich.

The city’s police department released a video this week that showed over two days in November, officer Scot VanSolkema stopped drivers for minor traffic infractions, Today reported.

VanSolkema is seen making small talk with the drivers, asking what their children want for Christmas. All the while, helpers were at a nearby store and after hearing the driver’s wish, they find, buy, wrap and deliver it to VanSolkema.

When the officer returns — and the driver believing a ticket is coming — the officer hands over the gifts, some of which included a TV and electric scooter.

And the reactions are priceless.

“Most of the contact police officers have with the general public is on a traffic stop and you can find out a lot about that person in that 10- to 15-minute window,” Lowell Police Chief Steve Bukala says in the video. “We got this idea, what if we could change that person’s day in real time?”

UP TV created the video as part of its Uplift Someone campaign, and the network also funded the project. According to WMMT, UP TV spent about $8,000 on gifts and about 50 drivers were pulled over.