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Michigan cop who pulled over elderly man for speeding ends up helping him set up his TV


Michigan cop who pulled over elderly man for speeding ends up setting up his TV after the distressed 79-year-old explained his wife is sick and he was trying to find someone who could help with installation

  • Sterling Heights Officer Kevin Coates pulled over a 79-year-old man over for speeding when the man named David told him things were not going well
  • Dashcam footage captured the emotional exchange where David told Officer Coates his wife is sick and their son is suffering from mental illness
  • He tells Officer Coates he was speeding because he was driving around town trying to find the right cables to hook up his newly purchased tv for his family
  • Officer Coates extended his sympathy and instead of giving David a ticket he let him off with a warning and also offered a helping hand 
  • Within an hour of the traffic stop Officer Coates, accompanied by two officers went to David’s home and assisted him with installing his television


A Michigan cop who stopped an elderly man for speeding ended up helping him set up a flat screen tv after the driver told him he was going through a hard time. 

On September 30 Sterling Heights Officer Kevin Coates pulled over a 79-year-old man, named by officials only as David.

Dashcam footage captured the emotional exchange where David told Officer Coates his wife is sick and their son is suffering from mental illness. 

He tells Officer Coates he was speeding because he was driving around town trying to find someone who could help hook up his newly purchased 50′ flat screen TV, which he had bought to cheer up his family.  

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 An emotional 79-year-old tells Officer Coates he was speeding because he was driving around town trying to find the right cables to hook up his newly purchased tv for his family

Dashcam footage captured the emotional exchange where David told Officer Coates his wife is sick and their son is suffering from mental illness

Dashcam footage captured the emotional exchange where David told Officer Coates his wife is sick and their son is suffering from mental illness

Officer Kevin Coates (pictured right) helped out an elderly man named David  last week after he told him things were not going well

Officer Kevin Coates (pictured right) helped out an elderly man named David  last week after he told him things were not going well 

‘I really try to drive right,’ he says. ‘I bought a television today because I wanted to make my wife happy and I can’t get it hooked up,’ he can be heard saying to the officer.

After explaining his tough day Officer Coates extended his sympathy and instead of giving David a ticket he let him off with a warning – and also offered a helping hand. 

Officer Oates promised to stop by David’s Sterling Height home after his shift to help. 

‘Well I’m getting another police run right now so I can’t come by now, but if I have time tonight, maybe I’ll stop by and take a look at it,’ Coates told David.

The Sterling Heights Police Department said that within an hour of the traffic stop Officer Coates, accompanied by Officer Remi Verougstraete and his new recruit Officer Jeremy Jakushevich, went to David’s home and assisted him with installing his television, as well as hooking up the cable. 

Police said that once everything was set up David was ‘very thankful’ for the help from the officers.

Officer Coates (right) poses with a young girl in 2019 after stopping by a high school graduation

Officer Coates (right) poses with a young girl in 2019 after stopping by a high school graduation 

Officer Coates eventually went to the 79-year-old mans home with two other officers to help him set the tv up

Officer Coates eventually went to the 79-year-old mans home with two other officers to help him set the tv up

The 79-year-old explained to Officer Coates he was speeding trying to find the right cables to set up the tv for his family

 The 79-year-old explained to Officer Coates he was speeding trying to find the right cables to set up the tv for his family 

Sterling Heights Lt. Mario Bastianelli (pictured) applauded Officer Coates' act of kindness

Sterling Heights Lt. Mario Bastianelli (pictured) applauded Officer Coates’ act of kindness

Audio of the officers at David’s home captured the officers explaining how the remote works and David telling the officer ‘I appreciate you.’  

‘That’s not an officer’s job, going in and hooking up TVs right?’ Sterling Heights Lt. Mario Bastianelli told Fox 2 Detroit. ‘But he took it upon himself, an act of kindness saying look were people too and were trying to help our citizens.’

‘Somebody’s gotta step up and were glad to do it’ he added.   

Department Chief Dale Dwojakowski also complimented the three officer’s kind act.

‘I’m very proud of Officer Coates, Officer Verougstraete, and new recruit Officer Jakushevich for going above and beyond to help our residents,’ Dwojakowski said.

 ‘This is just another example of the amazing service that the Sterling Heights Police Department provides our community’.

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