He had a warrant out for his arrest.
Sunday morning at three in the morning, Mark Ross got the call no one wants. He learned that his 15-year-old sister had just died in a car accident. Ross didn’t have a car so he convinced a friend with a suspended license to drive him from Indiana to Detroit to be with his grieving mother. But as the pair were speeding through Ohio, they were pulled over by Sgt. David Robinson of Ohio State Highway Patrol. As the officer approached the car, Ross feared he’d never make it to see his mother because he had a misdemeanor warrant for his arrest.
“I explained to the officer that my sister had died and that I needed to get to my mother ASAP,” Ross wrote on Facebook. “I broke down crying, and he saw the sincerity in my cry. He reaches over and began praying over me and my family.” While Ross’ friend was being arrested and his car was being towed, the police officer offered to drive Ross over 100 miles to Detroit. “It was just so overwhelming,” Ross told Inside Edition. “They were trying to help us.”
Given the recent tensions between white law enforcement officers and the African-American community, Robinson’s offer to help was a beautiful gesture. “Everybody knows how much I dislike cops, but I am truly grateful for this guy,” Ross said. “He gave me hope.” Robinson drove Ross to a restaurant in Detroit and prayed over him as he exited the patrol car. “It was so overwhelming it kind of took me away from my own reality,” Ross said. Ross’ family was so grateful for Robinson’s actions they’ve invited him to the teenage girl’s funeral and he’s agreed to attend.
Here’s Ross’ full post on Facebook:
At 3am I got a phone call stating that my sister had been killed in a car accident due to some young dumb punk! I haven't slept and instantly got on the road. Of course we were speeding, trying to get back to Detroit. And we got pulled over in Ohio. I knew I was going to Jail due to a petty warrant. The police called Wayne county and they refused to come get me because of the distance. I explained to the officer that my sister had died and that I needed to get to my mother asap. I broke down crying and he saw the sincerity in my cry. He REACHES OVER AND BEGAN PRAYING OVER ME AND MY FAMILY. He offered to bring me 100 miles further to Detroit because they towed the vehicle. Everybody knows how much I dislike Cops but I am truly Greatful for this Guy. He gave me hope