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Police play Santa to unsuspecting drivers

A Covington Police officer hands out money to surprised citizens. (FOX 8 Photo) A Covington Police officer hands out money to surprised citizens. (FOX 8 Photo)
COVINGTON, LA (WVUE) -

Covington Police officers made some wild and wonderful traffic stops Tuesday. They wanted to spread some holiday cheer by handing out cash.

Drivers were shocked to be pulled over by police thinking they had been naughty only to find out they were being rewarded for being nice.

Officers paid people $100 for paying attention to the road.

Chief Tim Lentz said an anonymous donor gave the police department a stack of $100 bills with instructions to be "Secret Santas" to people in Covington. Those Santas with a badge recorded the remarkable interactions.

"I'm scared because I'm struggling right now and I said, 'Oh my God, I'm going to get a ticket,'" Sorayda Janania said.

Some drivers called the gifts a blessing.

"I've been searching for a job all morning. You gave me something that brings tears to my eyes and some joy to my kids' hearts. I really appreciate everything," Devante Crandle said.

Officer Daniel Own and Lt. Melvin Crockett said this was a valuable way to create a better relationship with the people they serve.

"It's a wonderful feeling to see the look and the smile and the excitement after presenting them with something encouraging," Crockett said.

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