Police & Fire

State Trooper Stops Driver, Gets Surprise of a Lifetime

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Matthew Bailly and State Police Trooper Michael Patterson. Credits: New Jersey State Police
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KINGWOOD, NJ – State Police say they don’t know the odds of it happening. Perhaps they’re close to the odds of a hole-in-one. Or winning the lottery. Or being struck by lightning.

But it happened.

Last Friday, Trooper Michael Patterson stopped Matthew Bailly for a minor motor vehicle violation here.

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During the initial conversation,  Bailly told the trooper that he was a retired Piscataway police officer. Patterson - a Piscataway native - told Bailly that he is from the same town.

Bailly asked Patterson where he used to live. When the trooper told him that he grew up on Poe Place, Bailly said that he remembered that street, because he helped deliver a baby there 27 years ago when he was a rookie cop.

He was even able to describe the color, style of house, and the baby’s name, Michael.

Patterson extended his hand and replied, “My name is Michael Patterson, sir. Thank you for delivering me.”

Whatever the odds were, it happened. Trooper Patterson stopped the police officer who delivered him 27 years ago.

Bailly had just four years on the job when he responded to the Poe Place  home. The date was October 5, 1991.

Patterson’s mother, Karen Patterson, was out shopping when she went into labor and barely made it home. Bobby Patterson, the trooper’s father, rushed outside, picked up his wife, and carried her inside the house. He then called the doctor who talked Bailly through the birth.

Trooper Patterson, Matthew Bailly and both of their families were ecstatic about the reunion.

Patterson and his mother visited Bailly and his wife at their home where they took photos.

State Police didn’t reveal whether Bailly got a ticket for the minor violation.

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