“You’re not going anywhere or you’ll be arrested.”
Imagine that your 2 year old son has just been stung by a scorpion. He begins to react to the venom, seething in agony and vomiting.
Your first instinct would be to get him to a hospital as soon as possible. Knowing that every minute counts you do not have the time to wait for an ambulance to get you there, you drive yourself.
Most people would speed to the hospital in this position, which is exactly what Jennifer Garbet did when her two year old son Easton was stung by a scorpion while playing in the backyard.
A speeding ticket is an afterthought at this point. While speeding to the hospital Garbet and the family friend who was driving see a police officer on the side of the road. They decide to proactively contact the officer to ensure a positive and swift outcome. So they pull over and tell him that they are in an emergency situation, thinking that he will help them.
Garbet said the officer nodded, as if he acknowledged their emergency, so they drove off. However, instead of helping, the officer actually pulls them over. He tells them to stop speeding and then they can go on their way. As they pull out onto the highway, they are immediately pulled over again!
The DPS patrolman, then detains the family, with the 2 year old boy suffering in the back. He forces them to stay there until an ambulance, that he said he called, arrives. “You’re not going anywhere or you’ll be arrested,” the officer tells the frantic mother who just wants to save her son.
Luckily for the Garbet family an ambulance happened to be driving by and they were able to flag it down and get to the hospital where Easton was treated with anti-venom medicine.
Who knows how long it would have taken for an ambulance to come, had one not been passing by. Apparently the DPS officer could have cared less. Garbet even asked the officer to drive, and he refused.
It takes a callous disregard for life to detain a potentially dying boy on the side of the road in order to stop someone from speeding.
Had this young boy died, it would have been on this officer’s hands.
Luckily for Jennifer Garbet, this didn’t turn out as tragic as the situation did when Deputy Micah McNinch pulled over Wayne Ables as he rushed his dying mother to the hospital. McNinch detained Ables on the side of the road for 15 minutes as he watched his mother die in the back seat, missing potentially live saving procedures as McNinch wrote his ticket.