WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — Deputy Antonio Lovato is on a mission. He flips a switch to signal his police lights, whips his car around and pulls over his first target.
“The reason I’m making contact with you today, is because you were going the speed limit,” says Williamson County Sheriff’s Deputy Lovato.
That’s right, Amber Wheatley didn’t break the law. “I was confused, like really you’re pulling me over because I didn’t do anything wrong?” says Wheatley.
This deputy isn’t handing out a ticket, but a little holiday cheer instead, in the form of a $25 Walmart gift card.
“So if you have anymore last-minute Christmas shopping to do, or get some extra food,” says Deputy Lovato as he gave Wheatley the gift card.
The cards are extra donations from the Brown Santa program, which provides gifts for families. “Even if it’s in a little way, a little bit goes a long way with people that are in need,” says Lovato.
“Thank you,” says driver Samantha Gunterman.
“Thank you for following the traffic laws and being safe on the roadway,” says Lovato to Gunterman, the second driver he pulled over.
“I was shocked because I got a ticket in January,” says Gunterman. “See, I’m following the rules, and do you see this (gift card)? Awesome right?”
“I just want to give you that and I hope you guys have a great holiday,” says Lovato to a third driver he stopped.
“I’ve never received anything other than a citation from a police officer, so it was a great surprise, a blessing,” says Robert Verastegui, who was driving below the speed limit.
Lovato says he hasn’t received any negative feedback from any of the drivers he’s stopped for “doing the right thing.”
Williamson County Sheriff’s deputies will continue to surprise drivers until the new year, and if you’re following the law, you could be next.