As he was passing through St. Charles County, a local cop pulled the doting uncle over. And Manley knew the exact reason why – he had committed a traffic violation. The motorist was aware that he had not changed the license plates from his old car onto his new van within the allotted time frame.
In the state of Missouri, the law requires most vehicles to display up-to-date plates on the front and rear of the chassis. Failure to display a valid license number result in a traffic violation. Speaking to St. Louis local TV channel KTVI, which hosted a re-enactment of the event, Manley admitted, “I knew I was in the wrong. I was going to get a ticket.”
So Manley watched resignedly as the police officer left his cruiser and walked towards the offending vehicle. As the cop approached, Manley got himself ready for trouble. But there was no way he could have prepared himself for what was to follow. The cop rapped on the driver’s window, behind which Manley was starting to feel pretty nervous.