A young black man just received help from a police officer, the last person he would have expected to be there for him. It was one of the worst days of Mark E. Ross’ life, his sister had just died in a fatal car accident and his friend was rushing him home. They were speeding towards Detroit when they got pulled over and as they passed through Ohio, an officer pulled them over.
The driver was taken to jail in Wayne County, Michigan, and the vehicle was impounded.
Ross knew this might be more than just a traffic stop for him too — he had a petty warrant out for his arrest, which meant he too was probably going to jail, according to CNN affiliate WDTN.
As he began to tell the officer about the loss of his sister, Ross broke down crying. That’s when his luck changed.
One of the troopers at the scene — Ohio State Highway Patrol Sgt. David Robinson — started to pray with Ross.
“He reaches over and began praying over me and my family,” Ross wrote on Facebook. “Everybody knows how much I dislike cops, but I am truly (grateful) for this guy. He gave me hope.”
Robison also did one other thing for Ross: He offered to drive him 100 miles to Wayne County to bail out the driver and get him closer to Michigan.