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Michigan police pull drivers over in feel-good Christmas prank

WATCH: Michigan police department shocks motorists during Christmas surprise traffic stop

EDMONTON – Being pulled over by a police officer usually puts a damper on your day, but the Lowell Police Department decided to change that.

The Michigan police department surprised drivers by pulling them over and then surprising them – not with a ticket, but a Secret Santa gift or two.

In a video posted on YouTube Tuesday, officers are heard asking motorists what their kids wanted for Christmas and whether they had finished all their shopping. Helpers, waiting at a nearby store, then bought the gifts and brought them back to the vehicle to be delivered to the shocked motorist.

Within 10 hours of being posted online, the video – called “Christmas Surprise Traffic Stop with Lowell Police” had more than 100,000 views.

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“For those of you that happened to be stopped by the Lowell Police Secret Santa, here is the video,” the police department wrote on its Facebook page Tuesday.

“Big thank you to Chief Steve Bukala and Officer Scot VanSolkema for their participation in this community uplifting event.”

One driver can be heard asking the police officer, “can I give you a hug?”

Another motorist says, “I’ve been pulled over by police officers before and they’ve always been good to me, but never this good.”

The Lowell Police Department said it has been receiving messages from around the world about the video.

“Thank you to everyone that has contacted us regarding our Santa video… We are proud to be part of this great community and the chief jumped at this opportunity to spread some joy throughout our city. We all wish you a happy holiday season!”

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