Officer Pays Cab Fare for Man Who Walked from Atlanta to Lilburn

The man walked 29 miles on the coldest day of the season so he could pay a traffic ticket.

It took him eight hours to make the 29 mile trek, but a Fulton County man was determined to get to Lilburn to pay a traffic ticket. 

WSB-TV reports the man made the trek from a shelter in downtown Atlanta on Tuesday. He started walking at 1 a.m. through the single digit temperatures and below zero wind chills on his way to Lilburn Municipal Court. 

The man's car was totaled in a crash, for which he was ticketed. He told police he was afraid a warrant would be issued for him if he was a no-show.

He was about to begin his journey back to Atlanta, but that's when Officer Andy Blimline stepped in.

Blimline and other officers offered to pay for the man's cab fare, which came to $80. At first, the man refused, but eventually accepted the ride.
Bonnie January 10, 2014 at 09:36 AM
This is a wonderful event. It made my day to read this story. I'd like to read the other comments, but I can't find them. How do we read the comments?
Vanzetta Evans (Editor) January 10, 2014 at 09:44 AM
Glad it made your day Bonnie! You're the first to comment on this story though. I'm sure more will come through.
Meghan Courtright January 10, 2014 at 10:14 AM
I want to know what caused the crash. Why is this man in a shelter? He didn't have anyone to give him a ride? This man needs a friend. Too bad he lives too far from me. I hope he sees better days.
Angela Y Reid January 10, 2014 at 02:28 PM
Why pay cab fare instead of taking him to the Marta station at Chamblee???
M.K. OSBORNE January 12, 2014 at 01:21 AM
Maybe his actions warranted the officers generous reply since after all it was out of their own pockets . This gentleman cost the city no additional funds and he was a pleasant surprise !


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