- A 79-year-old man was pulled over by a Sterling Heights Police Officer Kevin Coates for speeding.
- David, the elderly man was crying because he bought a new TV to make his ill wife happy but he couldn’t find the right cables to hook it up.
- Officer Coates went over to the David’s house with Officer Remi Verougstraete and his new recruit Officer Jeremy Jakushevich and helped him install the TV, as well as hooking up the cable.
When Sterling Heights Police pulled over a Buick on Mound Road for speeding, it wasn’t a typical traffic stop. They found a man in distress and in need of assistance – and it had nothing to do with his car.
The traffic stop happened near 18 1/2 mile on Thursday, Sept. 30 around 7:30 p.m. Officer Kevin Coates pulled over the man for speeding and immediately knew something was wrong.
The 79-year-old man, identified only as David by Sterling Heights Police, was crying and visibly upset. He told Officer Coates that “everything is going wrong” and explained he needed help.
David said he’s a long-time Sterling Heights resident and his wife is sick and they have an adult son with special needs.
The problem on this day was that he had just bought a new TV for his family – but was rushing all over town trying to find the right cables to hook it up.
“I really try to drive right,” David said. “I bought a new television today because I wanted to make my wife happy, you know, and I can’t get it hooked up.”
The man explained that he went to different stores to figure out how to connect it.
Officer Coates immediately started asking what the issue was but David had no idea why it wouldn’t work. David said his old TV was a tube television but he didn’t know what to do.
The officer asked if he tried plugging the cable into the back of the TV and then said he and his partner could stop by and help him get it connected.
The two men then swapped phone numbers and Officer Coates said that he had a police call he had to go on but an hour later, he promised to be at his house to get him connected.
Source: Fox 2 Detroit