An officer of the law is never sure what they’re going to encounter every time they put on their uniform. Some days may be full of calls involving relatively minor disturbances and traffic offenses, while other days may have law enforcement hot on the tail of violent and dangerous people. Anytime an officer can have a moment of levity while performing their duties is a great day to be a cop.
Dakota County Deputy Mike Vai pulled over a woman after her license plate came back registered to another woman with an outstanding warrant. Like every officer in Vai’s position, there’s always a moment of uncertainty when they begin to approach a possible suspect. Thankfully for Vai, this traffic stop would turn out to be one he wouldn’t soon forget.
After interviewing the woman and determining that she wasn’t the suspect, the back passenger who hadn’t been wearing his seatbelt at the time of the stop turned out to be wanted on an outstanding warrant for a controlled substance charge.
As the suspect exited the vehicle he coyly asked Vai to check his front pocket. Expecting to find drugs, weapons, or even a used tissue to “stick it to the man” by exposing him to a communicable disease, Via was surprised to find it was a Monopoly card.
The “Get Out of Jail Free Card” from Hasbro’s classic board game is one of the most coveted pieces within the game. Without it, a player who is sent to jail is forced to sit out for three rounds, losing opportunities to collect money and the ability purchase more assets. The suspect told Vai that he had been carrying it in his pocket “just in case” since receiving word there had been a warrant out for his arrest.
“I told him, like, ‘God, I want to let you go so bad.'” Vai stated during an interview on the incident. You can’t blame the guy for trying. Unfortunately, the suspect was not allowed to pass go, nor was he able to collect $200.
“‘It was probably one of the things I will remember most throughout my whole career,’ Vai told CBS News. ‘I had a good laugh about the whole thing. I feel like it’s something I would try to do.'”
Vai had a hardy chuckle over the incident and the suspect had even allowed Vai to post a photo of the card to the department’s Facebook page. Vai later returned the card to the suspect in the event that he may need it again. No word on whether or not the suspect has been released.