Another road rage incident has occurred, this time in Highlands Ranch, Colorado. It seems no state or town is immune to this sort of reckless driving behavior.
The incident reportedly took place in a school zone, no less. In an area where children come and go often, which almost makes this story all the more disturbing.
According to ABC 7 Denver, resident Sara Young was driving with her two daughters past Copper Mesa Elementary School when she noticed a driver in a white pickup truck speeding.
Young says the man was “tailgating other drivers.” She finally decided to grab a picture of his license plate so she could report him.
But the situation only escalated from there. “He was driving a little too fast in the kid’s zone,” 7-year-old Emma Young said.
When the truck pulled over, Young drove around him. He followed her and that’s when things started to get a little scary for everyone in the car.
“When my mom told me, I was kind of nervous,” Emma admitted. Road rage incidents have been known to turn violent, and Young and her daughters had no way of knowing if this would turn into yet another statistic.
But Young wasn’t about to let the man in the truck get away with his bad behavior. “He wasn’t stopping,” Young told ABC 7.
“So I pulled over and got out of my car and told him you don’t speed in a kid’s zone,” she went on. “We had a cordial conversation and then went our own ways.”
Thankfully that was the end of it. But when Young reported what took place to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Deputy Gage Walpole told her she shouldn’t have approached an unknown vehicle.
“I explained that there are many dangers approaching another vehicle,” Deputy Walpole said. “We don’t know who the driver is, or what they have on them. They could have weapons.”
Walpole was so kind and helpful in his response that 7-year-old Emma decided she wanted to thank him personally.
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office posted a letter she wrote to Walpole on Facebook. The letter says Emma is his “biggest fan.”
A visit to the sub-station in Highlands Ranch allowed Emma to meet her hero. He even let her sit in the driver’s seat of a police cruiser.
“I love seeing cop car lights,” she shared. Her excitement was mirrored by the deputy who says, “it’s a warm feeling knowing that our community reaches out to us and really appreciates what we do.”
A happy ending for everyone involved. Hopefully the young man in the pickup has learned to slow down in a school zone.
No doubt Douglas County Sheriff’s Office will be keeping an eye out for him if he ever thinks of speeding again.
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