What happened was totally unexpected.
Mark Ross from Indiana said he received a phone call late Saturday night that his young sister had just died in a car crash, The Christian Post reports.
Ross quickly asked a friend to drive him to his parents' home in Detroit since he neither has a car nor a driving licence. He also has a standing misdemeanour warrant.
"Of course we were speeding, trying to get back to Detroit. And we got pulled over in Ohio," Ross wrote on his Facebook page in a post that quickly became viral.
Ross said he had expected that the police officer would arrest him and send him to jail after knowing that he had a standing petty warrant.
Yes, the police officer found out about his warrant and called the Wayne County in Indiana to come and take him. But the authorities in the county they could not arrest him immediately because of the distance.
Ross then explained to the officer that his sister had died and that he needed to get to her mother as soon as possible. "I broke down crying and he saw the sincerity in my cry," he said.
Suddenly, to his utter surprise, the officer reached over and began praying for him and his family. The lawman even offered to drive him 100 miles further to Detroit.
"Everybody knows how much I dislike cops but I am truly grateful for this guy. He gave me hope," Ross wrote.
A lieutenant from the Ohio State Highway Patrol confirmed with The Christian Post on Thursday that Sgt. David Robinson "shared a prayer" with Ross and tried to help him get to Michigan to be with his family.
"It's a story about a public servant doing our jobs. He went that extra step and so we have received numerous phone calls and numerous interview requests for Sgt. Robinson and so there has been a real outpouring of support around the whole story," the Ohio State Highway Patrol lieutenant said.