Haines City police officer tickets himself for running red light

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HAINES CITY, Fla. (WFLA) – Officer Tim Glover with the Haines City Police Department writes tickets to everyone who runs a red light, no matter who it is….. even himself.

“I have written tickets to friends, family, other officers, Highway Patrol. At First, when I started the job, I kind of questioned what I got myself into,” Officer Glover said.

Recently, when reviewing red light camera footage he noticed a patrol car running a red light.

“I thought I’m going to have issue another one of  my co-workers a ticket,” he said.

But as he looked closer, “I thought, I sure hope that is not mine. When I got to the picture I thought that kind of looks like my tag number and my unit.”

Sure enough, it was.

“I went in right away and told my boss,” Officer Glover said. “I let him know they could right me a ticket because I wasn’t sure if it was a conflict of interest. So he had a sergeant write me the ticket.”

At the time the officer had no idea he ran the light but after watching the video, “I was watching the traffic and not the light. I didn’t see it,” he said.

Officer Glover said he was headed to get lunch. “I was on my way to pick up a Cuban sandwich,” and jokes, “It was good but it wasn’t $170 something dollars good.”

When asked why he turned himself in? “I could have easily hit the reject button. I wouldn’t be able to live with myself if I had,” he said.

Officer Glover received a letter of reprimand because of the violation, but was also commended for his honesty and his integrity for reporting the traffic violation.

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