Sterling Heights police stop turns into TV hookup for distraught resident

Sterling heights – A typical traffic stop for a Sterling Heights police officer on Thursday night turned into an opportunity to help a resident struggling with a difficult time.

At around 7:30 p.m., Constable Kevin Coates arrested a driver for speeding on Mound Road and 18½ Mile and found a 79-year-old man in distress behind the wheel, according to a departmental statement.

Identified by the police only by his first name, David told the officer that his wife was in poor health, that his adult son had special needs and had just bought them a television but did not know how to use it. to install.

“I’m really trying to drive well,” David told the officer as he started to cry, as seen in dash cam footage from the stop. “I bought a television today because I wanted to please my wife, and I can’t seem to plug it in.”

David told the officer he ran to different stores to try and get help when he was arrested, police said.

That’s when Coates made a decision: He warned the driver and let him go, but not before he took the man’s number and offered to help.

“My partner is really good at electronics, I can make him watch if you want,” Coates told the man in the video footage. “If I have time tonight, maybe I’ll drop by to check it out.”

And that’s exactly what Coates did, bringing in the reinforcement of Officer Remi Verougstraete and new recruit Officer Jeremy Jakushevich. Together, they helped set up the TV, install the cable, and show David how to use the remotes.

Chief Dale Dwojakowski said he was proud of his officers for going the extra mile.

“This is just another example of the incredible service the Sterling Heights Police Department provides to our community.”

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