ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — A gospel singer in Florida claims he was able to serenade his way out of a traffic ticket over the weekend.
The video, which was filmed using a selfie stick, begins with T.J. Bristol sitting in his car saying, “The craziest thing just happened to me – I’m being pulled over by police officers. I’m gonna pray my way out of this one.”
Bristol then gets out of the vehicle and explains that Corporal Ricks and Deputy Hoagland pulled him over because he wasn’t wearing his seatbelt.
He then offers up a sincere apology and promises he will wear his seatbelt from now on. Then Bristol begins serenading the two officers with a rendition of Joe Cocker’s “You Are So Beautiful” to thank them.
The Orange County Sheriff’s Office posted a response to the video, saying that the experience was “therapeutic” for Ricks, because her husband, a fellow officer, was killed in the line of duty five years ago on Tuesday.
In his Facebook post, Bristol wrote, “God just got me out of this big ticket maybe you should try singing to your police officers, it work(ed) for me always remember (to) click it or ticket.”