Scott County couple thank Brownstown detective for gesture

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Feeling anxious about driving on the interstate a couple of weeks after a frightening crash, Katelyn Collier called her husband to calm her down and started to drive slow.

It was about two weeks ago when Collier hydroplaned on Interstate 65 and spun back and forth between the lanes and ended up in the median.

“I got turned around and saw a semi coming right for me, and he almost hit me,” the 25-year-old mother said.

Still shaken by the incident, Collier was nervous on her way home from a Seymour veterinarian’s office Wednesday evening when she slowed to about 60 mph. Collier said she would have taken U.S. 31 to drive slower, but construction has part of the highway closed.

She knew she was going slow, but then she saw a motorist acting strange.

“He pulled to the side of me, got in front of me and then he got behind me,” she said.

Then Collier thought matters were getting much worse when the motorist turned on police lights and pulled her over.

It was Brownstown Police Department Detective Jac Sanders, who was off duty and returning to his Scott County home.

Sanders, who was out of uniform, assured her multiple times that she could leave at any moment if she did not feel safe.

“The way he approached me made me feel safe, and he showed me his badge and everything,” she said.

Once she explained that she was driving slow because she was anxious, Sanders offered to drive behind her for the next mile until she could safely exit the interstate.

“If something had happened, he would have rather had another vehicle hit me instead of him,” she said. “I’ve only been pulled over once, but it was the best experience I’ve ever had with a police officer. He was a people person, and I could tell he cared.”

Collier’s husband, Tate, posted on social media thanking Sanders for the kind gesture.

“Officer Sanders, if you manage to see this, thank you for helping me take care of my wife this evening,” he wrote. “The world needs more kindhearted people like you.”

It would have been pretty difficult for Sanders not to see the post. Multiple people tagged his profile, and it had been shared 343 times by other users. More than 770 people also reacted to the post.

“You always see the bad stories of law enforcement, but this showed someone who truly cared,” Collier said. “He was going above and beyond what he should have done, and it made me feel good. It eased my anxiety.”

Sanders said the overwhelming majority of law enforcement officers would have done the exact same thing.

“If you ask anybody, about 99.9% of officers would have done the same thing because it’s just part of our job,” he said. “On or off duty, it’s our identity and who we are.”

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