Rock Hill's Legendary (Infamous) Ticket-Writing Traffic Cop Set to Retire Radar Gun

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"So I write up the ticket and come back to her car and ask her to sign it," Zeigler recalls. "She tells me she's going to kill herself. Then she gets out of the car and starts beating her head against a concrete wall. There was blood everywhere, and I had to call an ambulance."

Another memorable stop occurred in the mid-1980s, not long after Zeigler joined Rock Hill's finest. "I gave this ticket to a guy who was speeding on McKnight. Well, it turns out it was Stan Musial. I guess I didn't know it at the time or put two and two together. But anyway, the department called me sometime later and said, 'Do you know you just gave a ticket to Stan Musial?'"

The incident must have made some impression on the Cardinals great, for in 1985, when Zeigler was selected State of Missouri Traffic Officer of the Year, it was Stan The Man who presented the award.

Zeigler says he looks forward to retirement, to painting the house, fixing up the garden, doing some long-neglected landscapingand being with his wife of 43 years, Earline.

"I'm going to miss the residents of Rock Hill," he says. "But I'm not going to miss stopping cars and giving people tickets. Not going to miss that at all."

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