Texas Police Officer Makes Teen Do 200 Push-Ups Instead Of Arresting Him

December 31, 2016

An Arlington, Texas police officer is receiving lots of praise from social media after his encounter with a teenager who he caught smoking weed.

According to the video circulating on social media, the officer allowed the teen to do push-ups instead of taking him to jail.

Arlington police identified the officer in the video as Officer Eric Ball. He was working off-duty one night at an Arlington movie theater when someone told him a teenager was smoking weed outside.

When he went out, he saw the teenager finishing a cigarette and discarding it, smelling marijuana as he approached.

"Marijuana gives [off] a distinct odor. He knew what the teen was up to," said Lt. Chris Cook with Arlington police.

Lt. Cook said the teen was respectful and realized he'd made a mistake. While Officer Ball could have arrested him, he decided to do something different.

"He said, 'You give me 200 push-ups, I won't put you in jail," said Lt. Cook.

Officer Ball played high school football, and push-ups are how his coaches used to discipline. According to Cook, he'd never done this before, but it popped into his head in the moment.

"He could have very well arrested this teen, but instead he tried to do something better," said Lt. Cook.

Arlington police said they don't know the name of the teenager, but that he was about 17 or 18 years old. According to police, Officer Ball found the teenager's mother inside the movie theater, and she gave him a hug and thanked him.

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