A teen suspected of smoking pot outside a movie theater in Arlington, Texas caught an unusual break from an off-duty cop.
He may have gotten off with sore arms instead of legal trouble after the officer ordered him to do 200 push-ups and let him off with a warning, according to ABC affiliate WFAA.
The officer, identified as Eric Ball, said he was working off-duty that night at the Arlington movie theater, when someone told him a teenager was smoking weed outside.
When he went out, he said he saw the teenager finishing a cigarette and discarding it, and he smelled marijuana as he approached.
“Marijuana gives a distinct odor. He knew what the teen was up to,” said Lt. Chris Cook with Arlington Police.
Cook said that the teen responded respectfully and realized he’d made a mistake, so Ball decided to take a different approach.
“He said, ‘You give me 200 push-ups, I won’t put you in jail,’” according to Cook.