Florida police officer Paul C. Lawrence, 38, allegedly was so good in combating traffic violations that he did not wait for them to occur before ticketing citizens. Lawrence has been charged with giving tickets to people who were not even in the state, let alone on the highway.
Prosecutors believe that Lawrence was trying to fulfill his quota of tickets — a ridiculous practice among police departments that forces officers to write tickets to bring in revenue.
Authorities believe that Lawrence used information from prior traffic stops to write the tickets.
In November alone, Lawrence wrote 397 tickets with 82 missing a signature and 203 of them were later dismissed. One man was in Peru at the time that Lawrence said he was speeding down a Florida highway.
He is facing 22 counts of official misconduct, a third-degree felony.
This is not an unheard of occurrence as we have seen in prior stories.