Young Man Got Pulled By A Cop But He Wasn’t Even Speeding… What Gives?

Published on 10/13/2019
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He had been minding his own business when something surprising happened. He saw a cop car tailing him! When something like this happens, it is normal to get worried. What could be going on?

Panic-inducing

There’s absolutely nothing worse than looking in your rearview mirror to see a police car following you. The feeling that you’re about to be asked to step out of your car and receive an expensive ticket, its terrifying. However, this happens far too often and sometimes drivers are stopped not just stopped because of speeding.

Panic Inducing

Special Case

Usually, we panic right away because we expect a ticket to come our way. We do our best to avoid a situation like that, but sometimes we get pulled over for different reasons. This is exactly what happened to William Jazwinski.

Special Case

He Got Pulled Over

William was just going for a casual drive around the town when he got pulled over by a police officer. This young man was confused since he was not aware that he did something wrong.

He Got Pulled Over

He Got Pulled Over

Shaking In His Boots

He was always a good driver with no history of tickets or accidents. He couldn’t understand why he was being stopped. He could never have expected what happened next when the cop proceeded to exit his vehicle.

Shaking In His Boots

Not Normal

The cop got out of his patrol car and approached him slowly, looked at him for a few seconds, and then glanced at his car’s dashboard. This was not going to be your regular interaction…

Not Normal

A Cop Car

He looked out through his rearview mirror and saw the red, white, and blue flashing lights. William knew what this meant, and his suspicions were confirmed when he heard the classic police siren start to wail.

A Cop Car

A Cop Car

What’s To Come

His heart was racing and a million questions were running through his mind. Still, nothing made sense to him and he didn’t understand why he was being pulled over. He was trying to calm down when the police offer proceeded to his window.

What’s To Come

Being Patient

He could not help but feel confused. After all, he knew that he was not speeding or doing anything illegal. Despite this, the only thing he could do was to hear what this cop had to say.

Being Patient

The Waiting Game

It did not make a single lick of sense to him. William had never been pulled over before. Why was this cop pulling him over? He was frustrated by what was happening because he was a law-abiding citizen.

The Waiting Game

The Waiting Game

Getting Nervous

There was no way he would not follow the orders given by the cop. He pulled over to the side and waited for the cop had to say to him. It felt like he had to wait a lifetime for the cop to finally go up to him.

Getting Nervous

Asking The Question

The cop came up to him, so he opened the window and greeted the officer. The young man asked why he got pulled over, wondering if he had been speeding without noticing it. “Good morning officer, was I speeding?” he said.

Asking The Question

Asking The Question

No Disrespect

He was doing his best to not disrespect the police offer as he was an authority figure. He didn’t want any trouble but he also wasn’t sure the reasoning for being pulled over. In a calm and polite tone, he continued with his question.

No Disrespect

What’s The HoldUp

Once more, it felt like an eternity has passed before the cop gave him the answer to the question. It looked like he was taking his time and had been in no rush to respond. What did he say?

What’s The Hold Up

Nothing Wrong

William was very surprised when he heard the cop tell him that he was going to be receiving a ticket. To be fair, he wasn’t. “Good morning,” the police officer told him. “No, not speeding.”

Nothing Wrong

Nothing Wrong

Uncomfortable

As a matter of fact, the cop then told him that he did not get pulled over for any particular reason. This only made William feel even more lost, and an awkward silence ensued between these two men.

Uncomfortable

What Could It Be

If he wasn’t being pulled over for a specific reason then why was he being pulled over. William was getting nervous and a bit scared. There had to be some kind of reason for the police offer to stop him in the middle of the afternoon.

What Could It Be

An Unexpected Outing

William waited hesitantly for what the cop was about to say. He was confused and inpatient but then finally the officer told him something that took William by complete surprise. This was surely not what he expected!

An Unexpected Outing

Just Thanking Him

It turns out that the cop just pulled him over because he had something that he wanted to say to William. “Just wanted to stop you and say thank you for your service,” explained the cop.

Just Thanking Him

Just Thanking Him

How Did He Know?

Exactly what kind of service was the officer thanking William for? Moreover, how did he even know that the young man had ever done service of that sort? William was starting to get quite confused.

How Did He Know?

Did They Know Each Other?

This young man was more than shocked that a random cop that he had never met before would know a thing like that. Had the two of them met each other in the past or something?

Did They Know Each Other?

His Bumper Sticker

William soon realized the reason the officer knew about it. He momentarily forgot about the bumper sticker that he had on the back of the pickup truck. Anyone who saw it would know that he served in the army in the past.

His Bumper Sticker

His Bumper Sticker

A Symbol

Often army veterans put stickers on their cars. For a William, its common that another driver may wave their hand or honk their horn as a way to thank you for his service. But never before had William been actually stopped by a policeman.

A Symbol

Not Over

When he realized this, he warmly thanked the officer. “Oooh the bumper sticker, nice. You’re welcome sir,” he said. “My pleasure.” This did not mark the end of their encounter, however. Quite the contrary, it was only the beginning for him.

Not Over

Just The Beginning

William was ready to end the conversation there when the police officer did not let him go. He never saw this coming and neither did we. But what happened next was a beautiful moment exchanged between these two.

Just The Beginning

A Few Questions

The officer did not let William go just yet, however. He still had a couple of questions for the young veteran. In particular, the cop wanted to know where he was posted. “Where did you serve?” asked the officer.

A Few Questions

A Few Questions

Something Seems Fishy

In the beginning, William could not help but feel skeptical about what was going on. He could tell that this was not the job of a police officer to ask him about his service in the military. Did he answer?

Something Seems Fishy

About His Service

In the end, he gave the cop the answer to the question by telling him that he had been a heavy wheeled vehicle operator and just returned from a country in the Middle East.

About His Service

About His Service

Wants To Move On

“I went to Iraq,” he said. “Did a 15 monther out of Fort Benning.” He only wanted to go on with his civilian life, so he did not expect to get pulled over for his time in the army.

Wants To Move On

Not Making Sense

However, the cop had a reason to be curious about his time in Iraq. William had no idea why this cop was asking him so many questions about his time in the military and it was making him nervous.

Not Making Sense

His Own Motive

To William it seemed like the Cop was just interested in his service and he didn’t really understand why he had to stop him while he was on his way. But in reality this cop had entirely different motives of his own.

His Own Motive

Like His Son

It was then that the police officer told William that he had a son who also served there recently. “Well alright. My son went to Iraq,” said the cop. It was the reason that he pulled over this young man.

Like His Son

Like His Son

Seeing Things Differently

He only wanted to learn more about someone who went through the same things that his son did. He later gave more information about the time his son spent in Iraq. It made William see things in a new light.

Seeing Things Differently

Change Of Heart

William no longer felt confused or scared. Instead he understood the man. However, he had just finished a PTSD program and it was still new for him to speak about the experiences he went through in war.

Change Of Heart

He Died There

After this, the conversation took a shocking turn. What the cop had to say next gave William quite a shock. He thought he had it all figured it out and then he was given some unexpected news. Let’s just say he did not expect this when he woke up that morning.

He Died There

He Died There

Speechless

He died while on duty. “He didn’t make it home,” the officer told the young man. He clearly struggled to get the words out of his mouth. It was so sad that it broke William’s heart. The only thing he could do was to listen.

Speechless

My Condolences

William could not help but feel bad for the cop. He was thinking of this cop who lost his son in Iraq while he was out here enjoying his life like normal after coming back.

My Condolences

My Condolences

Noticed Something

The veteran could not do much else but to express his condolences for this grieving father. “Man, I’m so sorry to hear that,” he told the older man. After this, the cop regained his composure and almost let William be when he saw something on the dashboard.

Noticed Something

His Folded Flag

As the police officer lifted his head and nearly let the young man go, he saw something curious resting on the dashboard of his car. It was a US flag that had been deliberately folded.

His Folded Flag

His Folded Flag

Significance

During a funeral of the US Military, an american flag is lowered and folded 13 times into a triangle, to represent the lost lives of served soldiers. The flag is folded 13 times, each fold signifying something different.

Significance

Caught His Eye

“I see you have a flag in the truck,” said the cop. He folded the flag in an army custom meant to honor the fallen soldiers who fought for the country. What was it about the flag that caught the attention of this police officer?

Caught His Eye

Just Like That

The moment he saw the folded-up flag on the dashboard, he thought about the same folded flag that he himself had home. It was given to him by the army in memory of his son.

Just Like That

Just Like That

He Has The Same One

“The one we got for him! Well it’s at the house,” said the cop. It was then that the older man asked William for a favor. “Can I ask a question?” William did not hesitate to oblige. This question took him by total surprise.

He Has The Same One

Out For A Spin

William got up early on that beautiful spring morning and decided to take his pickup truck out for a ride. It was his day off, so he was free to do anything he wanted that day.

Out For A Spin

Out For A Spin

Day Ruined

He liked the idea of going down a quiet street in New York, without any traffic to get in his way. It was then that he glanced in the rear view mirror and saw the cop car that was on his tail.

Day Ruined

Asking For A Hug

At that exact moment, the police officer nervously asked the veteran to step out of the pickup truck and embrace him! “Do you mind stepping out and receiving a hug?” asked the sad police officer.

Asking For A Hug

Asking For A Hug

Knew He Was Upset

William was initially surprised by this request. After all, it is not every day that you get pulled over by a police officer who then asks you to hug them. He could tell this cop was upset, though.

Knew He Was Upset

Couldn’t Say No

This was not a regular situation, however. After asking that question, the police officer burst into tears and told him something that made an impact on him. William was left with no choice in the matter.

Couldn’t Say No

The Reason Why

Tears started to fall down the cop’s face as he bared his soul to the young man. The cop then explained to William that he got pulled over because the veteran and his son had similarities.

The Reason Why

The Reason Why

A Constant Reminder

“You remind me of my son. I pulled you over,” this cop said. “Thought you were him. I still don’t believe it most days he’s gone.” The only thing William had to do was to oblige the request and give the poor man a hug.

A Constant Reminder

A Warm Embrace

William could not hold back his tears either. As he got out of the vehicle, he opened his arms and “hugged that man.” He later recounted, “With tears in both our eyes I got out and hugged that man.”

A Warm Embrace

A Warm Embrace

A Stranger’s Love

After all the time and pain he spent out in the field, he was humbled to give this stranger a soft and warm embrace. Even though this was the first time that he met the police officer, this hug meant a lot to him.

A Stranger’s Love

Crying Together

Both men had been hysterically crying when they hugged one another. The war veteran and on-duty police officer had a deep heart-to-heart talk. This emotional embrace that they shared went on for quite some time.

Crying Together

Crying Together

He Also Needed A Hug

“I’m talking about for a minute or two crying,” William explained. “Down to our knees crying.” While the cop had been the one to ask for a hug, this young man could not deny that he needed this just as much as he did.

He Also Needed A Hug

They Needed It

While his conscience was completely unaware of it back then, William had to admit that he truly needed a hug. Like most war veterans in the world, he had just finished a PTSD program himself.

They Needed It

They Needed It

Opening Up

It was a program that helped to rehabilitate servicemen and prepare them to go back into civilian life after going through the cruel conditions of Iraq. “I just finished a PTSD program,” he informed the officer.

Opening Up

They Needed This

It was the last thing that he needed to finally move on and get on with his life. Neither of them knew it at the time, but they needed each other and the hug they both received.

They Needed This

Shell Shock Or PTSD

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is an anxiety disorder that came about after specialists noticed a pattern occurring with war veterans. Their experiences were so traumatic that they carried with them after leaving their service.

Shell Shock Or PTSD

What Happens?

With this type of disorder, the Veteran may believe that his life or other individual’s lives are in danger. He or she may also feel like they have lost complete control of his/her situation. This is very common among war veterans and is what William has been dealing with his group.

Time To Reflect

William took some time to think about what happened that afternoon. Every time he imagined the exchange, his heart grew warm. He felt like this story was too remarkable to keep to himself so he did something about it.

Time To Reflect

A Beautiful Message

A couple of weeks after this encounter, William posted the story on Facebook and described what happened on the road. By the end of that strange and extraordinary meeting, William had a brand new perspective.

A Beautiful Message

A Beautiful Message

Fresh Outlook

William learned a lot of things after the cop pulled him over. He wanted to share them all with others. “To all the family and friends of soldiers, fighting or done fighting, God bless you…”

Fresh Outlook

Unexpected

“…Your peace and your hearts,” he said in the post. “It’s so hard without them, I know. This road is a tremendous one. Love to all.” William had no idea that his life would change today.

Unexpected

It Went Viral

It did not take a long time at all before the social media post reached the hearts of people from all over the world. Through “Love What Matters,” the post got more than 48,000 reactions!

It Went Viral

It Went Viral

Support

People who also experienced losing someone on duty could understand what the saddened cop had been going through internally. “I lost my son in Iraq on May 3, 2004. He was only 26,” one user said.

Support

Relatable

People all around related to William and he was overwhelmed with their responses. People thanked him for his service, while others shared their stories. People had so much to say and they were inspired by William.

Relatable

Always Missed

“Not a day goes by I don’t miss and love him. I wonder what he would be like now, I miss him so much.” Unlike many men deployed abroad, William got the opportunity to come back.

Always Missed

Now A Father

After the life-changing encounter, his life went in new directions. Perhaps the biggest change was that he now has a little girl that he loves very much. Hearing the story of the cop shook him to the core.

Now A Father

Now A Father

A Father Of His Own

It made him realize just how quickly one can die, so he started to value the time he spent with the people he loves. William now gets to call himself the father of a girl.

A Father Of His Own

An Amazing Person

We are sure that he is doing a good job at childrearing! Judging by how warm of a heart he had with a total stranger police officer, we do not doubt that his heart is full of his child!

An Amazing Person

Fate

These two people may be strangers but they happened to be at the right place at the time. William was going through a hard time himself, and this cop’s story made him truly grateful for his life and was appreciative of the police officer stopping him that day.

Fate

The Ultimate Sacrifice

Losing a child is one of the hardest things a parent can experience. The brave men and women who serve in the military risk their lives to serve our country. Wives and husbands can become widows, but losing a child is a feeling we can not begin to fathom.

The Ultimate Sacrifice

Saying Thanks

We say thank you to those who risk their lives in the military, past, present, and future, but we also say thank you to the families of these members. As they have to deal with the sorrow that their loved ones may not make it home.

Saying Thanks

One Workday

William Jazwinski is not alone in this and reality plenty of other people who are pulled over for no reason. Officer Michael Patterson was minding his business, going about his duties when he pulled a car over for having a tinted window. However, he was unaware that this would lead to something so much more.

One Workday

One Workday

Just Another Workday

The day started like any other and Patterson expected nothing else. His job required him to keep an eye on roads and highways, and he felt strongly about his position. He was determined to create a safe environment for everyone. He was strict with his duties and stopped cars who broke the rules. It makes sense that most of the people he pulled over were not too happy to see him, because that meant they were most likely getting a ticket.

Just Another Workday

Just Another Workday

Darker Than Allowed

On this normal day, one car took his attention while he was monitoring the Kingwood Township Highway. It was a pleasant and average day in June when he stopped a white BMW. The driver was not speeding or driving dangerously, however, his windows were dark, which is illegal.

Darker Than Allowed

Darker Than Allowed

Dark Windows

Tinted windows are a common thing but the line is drawn when someone exceeds the limit. The rule is that another person must be able to see through the windows. Michael was concerned when he noticed that these windows were too dark and he decided to pull the car over.

Dark Windows

Dark Windows

An Unusual Ticket

He had pulled drivers over for tinted windows plenty of times, this wasn’t something new. However, this situation was going to be different than the rest. Normally, officers don’t give tickets for tinted windows but this wasn’t going to be your usual ticket.

An Unusual Ticket

An Unusual Ticket

Doing His Job

Michael initially stopped the driver to discuss his overly tinted windows. He was a young officer and he didn’t love being seen as the bad guy. But he was also a rule follower, so when he noticed this he immediately turned on his lights and siren. The driver was probably confused about what he did wrong.

Doing His Job

Doing His Job

Just Talking

Michael made it his mission to be a friendly cop, despite the severity of the offense. When he stopped the BMW that day, he could never have expected how much he would learn about this driver and vice versa. Not only that, but a surprise was waiting for him.

Just Talking

Just Talking

Unexpected

The BMW driver was annoyed and frustrated when he got pulled over. Just like anyone would in this situation. To his knowledge, he did nothing wrong and did not deserve to get pulled over. Well, he should have known the rules better than anyone. Why is that?

Unexpected

Unexpected

A Retired Cop

The driver was a former cop! Retired policemen should know the rules as much or more than any normal person out there. He loved his profession and was very skilled at it. It must have been humiliating when he was pulled over by a fellow officer.

A Retired Cop

A Retired Cop

Dark Tint Windows

This retired cop was not planning to cause any harm or trouble and just enjoyed having windows with a darker tint. He had no intention of arguing with the officer who stopped him, and he knew he could easily lighten his windows.

Dark Tint Windows

Dark Tint Windows

Talking Shop

When Michael learned that the driver was a former policeman, he began to feel more comfortable. It was nice to meet another person well acquainted with the job. They spoke about the job and developed a connection in those few minutes. Still, they were unaware that their lives would change for the better after creating this bond.

Talking Shop

Talking Shop

Bonding

The exchange between Michael and the driver was captured by Michael’s body camera. This would help him later on. The former cop was named Matthew Bailly and the two continued speaking for awhile.

Bonding

Bonding

Oldie but Goodie

Bailey has been retired for a long time but they still had a lot to discuss. Michael was passionate about his career and loved speaking to people who were knowledgeable about the field. The older man explained that he previously worked in a city around 40 miles away.

Oldie but Goodie

Oldie but Goodie

Longer Conversation

They had an extensive conversation that focused on life as a policeman but led to so much more. After this, it all started to come out. Michael was confused about where exactly Matthew came from and he wanted to know more.

Longer Conversation

Longer Conversation

A Big Coincidence

As the conversation continued they learned more about each other then they had expected. The older man explained he worked a few cities away and Michael was surprised to hear this information. Coincidentally that same location turned put to be Michael’s hometown!

A Big Coincidence

A Big Coincidence

Speculations

Matthew asked Michael his age but Michael felt uncomfortable returning the question since he was an older man. Michael was growing more curious especially now that Matthew was based in his hometown. He knew quite a few cops there and now he was becoming suspicious.

Speculations

Speculations

26 Years Ago

Well, 26 years before this day, something interesting occurred. This was not your usual cop story that you were expecting. 26 years ago was the day Michael was born and this day was quite strange. However, Michael never discussed this with anyone.

26 Years Ago

26 Years Ago

His Hometown

When Matthew revealed where exactly he used to work, this immediately took Michael’s focus. This was his hometown and it was exciting to meet someone who knew the town. It was also interesting since he was a fellow cop. Their conversation was starting to flow.

His Hometown

His Hometown

More Questions

In 1991 Michael was born in Piscataway and this grabbed Matthew’s attention. He was stationed there at the time and he might have been involved in a case regarding Michael! He realized this once Michael told him his birth date was October 5th.

More Questions

More Questions

All Coming Together

They hadn’t discussed it yet, however, Michael knew in his stomach that his instinct was right. He hesitated but then brought up his suspicions. Then, they went on to discuss that night, which occurred 26 years prior. Finally, the two realized that they had met before.

All Coming Together

All Coming Together

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