A Good Samaritan tries to buy police officer's meal but gets slapped with impaired driving charge instead

Hope Schreiber
·Writer
A man was trying to be nice to a police officer by treating him to a free meal. (Photo: Clive Rose/Getty Images)
A man was trying to be nice to a police officer by treating him to a free meal. (Photo: Clive Rose/Getty Images)

When you’re waiting in line for your order in a drive-thru, it’s a kind gesture to pay it forward. Imagine how much the people in the car behind you would appreciate a free meal. One customer, who noticed a member of the Halifax Royal Canadian Mounted Police behind him, thought he’d give the cop, who was working at 2 a.m., a pick-me-up in the form of a free meal.

Sadly, that ended in an impaired driving charge — the man, it seems, was made all the kinder by alleged libations.

The officer exited his vehicle to thank the man and to decline the meal. As per RCMP rules, police officers are not permitted to accept gifts; even something as small as a cup of coffee must be declined.

That’s when the officer noticed the Lower Sackville man was possibly driving under the influence of alcohol. RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Dal Hutchinson told the Star Halifax, “Even during acts of kindness, people still make poor choices.”

After a breathalyzer was administered, the officer found that the 42-year-old driver’s blood alcohol level was twice the legal limit. In Nova Scotia, the BAC limit is .05 percent, as compared to the United States, where the legal limit for driving under the influence is .08%.

While Cpl. Hutchinson was not able to provide the name of the restaurant; he was able to tell the publication that it had two drive-thru windows — one to pay and one to get your food.

The driver is scheduled to make a court appearance on Dec. 6.

Don’t drink and drive, and, as a reminder, don’t drink and drive and try to buy fast food for a cop.

The RCMP did not immediately respond to Yahoo Lifestyle’s request for comment.

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