A deputy sheriff in Colorado has handed a driver a ticket for a windshield that was cracked by a vandal.

While the driver was in the parking lot of a glass-repair shop, ready to go in.

To the appointment he had already scheduled.

While glass-repair shop workers watched.

The story of toe-the-letter-of-the-law enforcement comes from KUSA television in Denver.

The station reported it happened Aug. 19 to Nick Berlin.

“I got a ticket for something that I was close as I could be to resolving,” he said, describing to the station how he was about to pull into the parking lot of a glass shop when an Adams County sheriff’s deputy stopped him and ticketed him for “unsafe vehicle.”

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The ticket was handed out in the parking lot of Absolute Auto Glass.

KUSA said records corroborate Berlin’s account that his windshield had been vandalized the day before, he made the appointment and was just arriving when he was stopped.

KUSA said the ticket shows the officer wrote the citation at 3:39 p.m., minutes after Berlin’s appointment.

“We were just standing here in our door and were ready for his appointment and all of the sudden we see a cop out there writing the guy a ticket,” shop owner David Sprague told the station.

He noted that the damages were to the passenger side of the windshield, so Berlin actually had “plenty of visibility” despite the damage.

Berlin told the station he tried explaining to the deputy he had an appointment to fix the damage.

The sheriff’s office declined to comment.

Berlin told KUSA, “It was definitely a bummer.”

He said he will fight the ticket, and Sprague said if the judge doesn’t dismiss the citation, he will cover the $46 ticket.

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