She had been driving for almost an hour when she heard the siren behind her. This isn’t what she needed. Of all days, why did it have to be this one?
She felt her pulse rise like an Olympic swimmer. She thought about all the events that led to this point. But what would happen next would make her lunge for her phone.
Sasha had no idea that she would have an interaction with the police when she got into her car that morning.
It was a difficult year, and a police stop would be the cherry on top of the cake for her. When she saw the flickering siren, she knew nothing would ever be the same.
Sasha Jackson had been driving to Atlanta to get an interview with a prospective new company. It had been a tough year so far, being an unemployed student and mother.
Life never seemed easy for Sasha, especially when the world went into a global lockdown. This meant that she’d be forced to do something she would never have normally considered.
Sasha worked as a bank teller but also as a mother. She also was working on getting her master’s degree. Her biggest happiness was her eight-year-old boy – Jordan.
But once she was laid off from work, her life just spiraled into turmoil. Her loans piled up, and she had her son to support.
She had been on the hunt for a job for months. She had even moved in with her mother because she couldn’t pay rent anymore.
She was on the brink of giving up when she got a phone call that would change everything. There was an opening at a media house that meant she’d be able to afford her expenses.
Getting To The Interview
She managed to get an interview with the company in a week. But in what seemed like hours, the day was upon her.
She woke up early, made a cup of coffee, and ran out of the door. Her mother looked after her son while she went for the interview. But soon, she’d be stared down by a police officer.
After an hour of driving, Sasha was enjoying her favorite podcast with her earphones in. She felt ready for the interview.
The road was clear of traffic, and she knew she’d get to her interview early, the way she liked it. But then something she never expected happened. Something that would change her life.
Sasha saw the glint of a siren in her rearview mirror. She assumed the police car was going to pass her. But then she realized that it was just her and the cruiser on the road.
Sasha’s head started to spin as she felt her heart start pounding in her chest. Her hands started shaking as she pulled over. The policeman got out of his cruiser, and she could only think of one hope now.
Rules Of The Road
Sasha was a modest and diligent driver. She never sped and never skipped a light. So why was she in this situation?
She made sure to have her ID book, license, and registration ready. Her hands continued to shake as the officer walked toward her window and knocked on the glass.
A Commanding Gaze
The officer looked like he had a commanding presence. Sasha slowly rolled her window down. Then the officer’s stone gaze turned to a smile.
Sasha nervously smiled and gave him all of the documents that he needed. But she could never have expected what the officer would say to her next.
Suspense And Anxiety
“Don’t worry about pulling out anything,” the police officer said. He then stepped away from the window toward the rear of Sasha’s car.
After staring at Sasha’s car for about a minute, the officer walked to his cruiser to call in something, then returned to Sasha’s window. What was happening?
He Tells Her Why
“I know you’re wondering what’s happening,” he told Sasha with his smile still holding. “I stopped you to let you know your brake lights aren’t working.”
Sasha’s heart fell as the police told her why he’d stopped her. In all her life, she’d never driven a faulty car before. She’d always made sure her car was road certified. But as she mulled over the consequences waiting for her, her fear quickly turned into burning fury.
Fear And Anger
Sasha’s fear morphed into anger as she remembered she’d only had the car checked a month ago. She’d had the brake lights replaced, and the company that serviced the vehicle billed her $600 for the service.
Sasha quickly explained everything to the officer, revealing how she’d been forced to dip into her savings to make sure her car was still in good shape to avoid such occurrences. But she didn’t stop there.
Revealing The Truth
Sasha revealed that she was unemployed and kicked out of her apartment. She also told the officer she was on her way to a job interview that would turn her life around.
She didn’t know why she opened up like that and was surprised to see him listening intently. What he did next is hard to believe.
Instead of writing Sasha a ticket, the officer asked her to step out of the vehicle so he could inspect it. He popped the trunk and rummaged through the wires until the brake lights came on.
He told Sasha the car was fine now and wished her good luck on the interview. Sasha couldn’t believe it. She recorded the entire encounter, knowing such magical moments needed to be frozen in time forever.