In the case of Officer Tim Glover, the long arm of the law is firmly attached to his shoulder, and its finger tapped him on the back.
“I was wrong,” the 58-year-old Haines City Police Department veteran told InsideEdition.com Monday night. “And I owned up to it.”
The Florida cop dropped a dime on himself after reviewing footage from a traffic camera and seeing himself run a red light - behind the wheel of a patrol car, no less.
So he went to his boss and fessed up. A $158 ticket followed.
“It was the right thing to do,” he said.
“I’ve had to give (tickets) to my family, my friends. It can happen to anyone. If you’re not paying attention, you can run a red light. I wasn’t paying attention and I ran a red light.”
Glover was in a hurry one afternoon last month, and his mind was on the Cuban sandwich he was going to pick up for lunch. Idling in a left-hand turn lane, he followed the truck ahead of him into the turn, and forgot to look up at the arrow.
It had turned red.
Fast-forward to a recent day, when Glover was going through red light camera tapes, which is part of his duties, and there was a cruiser running a red light.
He could tell it was from his division. “I was saying ‘Please don’t let it be mine.’ But yeah, it was mine.”
And that made for one very expensive Cuban sandwich.
But he doesn’t regret turning himself in.
“That’s my job,” he said.