SAN CLEMENTE, Ca. - An Orange County Sheriff who ticketed himself for a traffic violation says that he has received congratulatory e-mails from all over the globe and that he has even turned down money to cover the fine.
Sheriff Bob drove past a stopped school bus with its lights flashing in September, then wrote himself a ticket for $235 and docked himself one point on his driving record. The story surfaced after it showed up in court records and media reports.
"Orange County sheriff's do good things everyday, and that doesn't get reported," said Sheriff Bob, who has been on the force for 20 years. "All you hear about in the news is when an officer is in trouble."
Bob said he got more than 150 e-mails from such places as Thailand, New Zealand and Russia. Two people sent him $15.
"I tried to answer every e-mail," he said. "If they took the time to e-mail me, I at least thank them for their comments."