CAHOKIA, Ill. (CNN Newsource) — An Illinois police officer pulled over a teenager for an expired tag Wednesday, but instead of writing him a ticket, he took the teen to a job interview with Fedex.
Kshawn Ballwin also didn’t have a driver’s license. He says he knew he was not supposed to drive, but he felt that the job opportunity was more important than anything else.
So Officer Rick Germoules got him safely home and then drove Ballwin to the interview himself.
“You’re just in a community. You get to see what goes on out here, so you know you have a good understanding. And you know my background … I had a good — I can relate to him,” says Officer Germoules.
“When he said he was going to take me to my interview, that just … took it all the way. [laughs] Come on, let’s go,” said teen Kshawn Ballwin.
Ballwin now has a job and Gemoules says he feels like he is better connected to his community.