Woman expresses gratitude for Illinois state trooper


MOLINE, Ill. (KWQC) – A woman from Chicago wrote a thank you letter to Illinois State Sergeant Brett Tucker.

Last Thursday while she was driving on I-80 for a business trip to La Harpe, IL, she began noticing white smoke emitting from her tailpipe.

“I was speeding a bit because I was anxious to try and find an exit with a gas station and get off of the highway,” Underwood says.

It was then that Sergeant Tucker pulled her over for speeding.

Underwood explained to Tucker her situation, he issued her a warning, and then suggested they go to a nearby gas station to take a look at her vehicle. After examining her engine and looking underneath her car, Tucker said her car was spewing oil.

“He made the arrangements for the tow truck to come get my car,” says Underwood. “He waited with me while the tow truck was coming.”

Tucker then drove Underwood for about thirty minutes to the airport so she could pick up a rental car.

“I think he took more than extra steps needed to make sure I was safe and on my way to where i needed to go,” she says.

Underwood wrote an email to the Illinois State Police office, which shared the message to Facebook.

She says, especially in this period in society, it helps to have a positive interaction with a police officer.

“It helps to reassure the public that officers are there to serve and there to protect you,” Underwood says. “They’re also there to serve and assist in times of distress.”

Underwood believes Tucker was an angel sent to her.

Her Facebook post has been liked almost 3,000 times. To view it, click here.

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