It is no mean feat being a highway patrol officer in Mississippi, but when state trooper Jason Ales stopped a speeding motorist in Batesville, he got more than he bargained for. Ales wasn’t verbally abused, nor did he witness the driver pleading forgiveness. In fact, the motorist, Mike Powers, took a very different approach to being issued with a fine.
The story begins in early September 2015 when Powers, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, was having a challenging work week. Powers’ manager had rearranged his schedule, instructing him to commute from Nashville, Tennessee, to Mississippi for a business appointment. Powers had spent Tuesday night in a hotel and was apprehensive about the journey that Wednesday morning.