Frank Roder's son jumped out of the back of the family Jeep Cherokee before his father had officially put it in park near a river embankment where the 5-year-old was taken to feed ducks.
Going into parental autodrive, according to Fox News, Roder himself jumped out of the vehicle after Aidan to stop him from falling down the 35-foot drop into the river in Winfield Park, New Jersey. Although he was able to save his son, his 2006 Jeep was not so fortunate:
That's when Aidan, eyes as big as saucers, looked behind Roder and said, "Um, Daddy ..."
Roder turned in time to see the Jeep nosedive down the embankment and land in the muddy water.
From there, Fox reports that Roder, albeit stunned, was just grateful to have caught his son. He called the authorities and waited a couple hours before a crane pulled his SUV out of the water. Amazingly, it started. Two things for Roder to be happy about.
That's when an officer from the Union County police presented Roder with some unhappy news: he would be getting two traffic tickets. Although each are only $50 and $60 respectively, Roder told Fox News he was surprised he received them just based on principal of the situation. But the officer told him he still should have put the car in park. When Roder countered with "where would I be" if his son had gone over the edge in the few seconds it would have taken to slam it into park, the officer said "jail, for child endangerment."
Fox News reports Roder saying that he doesn't care really if he has to pay the ticket but that in a situation "that happens so fast, I could give a rat's a-- about the car."
(H/T: Drudge Report)