Driv­ers get tur­keys in­stead of traf­fic tick­ets in Mon­tana

Porterville Recorder - - HERITAGE -

Some Mon­tana driv­ers got Thanks­giv­ing tur­keys in­stead of tick­ets when they were pulled over by traf­fic of­fi­cers.

The Billings Gazette re­ports that of­fi­cers with the Billings Po­lice Depart­ment checked for out­stand­ing war­rants Wed­nes­day af­ter pulling over driv­ers for traf­fic vi­o­la­tions.

If they found none, they is­sued a writ­ten warn­ing and a frozen tur­key.

Busi­ness­man Steve Goun­ta­nis bought the 20 tur­keys and asked the depart­ment to dis­trib­ute them in time for the hol­i­day.

Driver Larry Rid­dle ap­pre­ci­ated the sur­prise af­ter he was pulled over for not sig­nal­ing a turn.

Rid­dle’s wife died of can­cer and he lives alone on a lim­ited bud­get. Each year, he tries to make a hol­i­day meal for his daugh­ter and him­self.

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