Trooper Buddy Carey

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Oprah invited Buddy to Chicago to discuss the day their big adventure came to a screeching halt. Why was Trooper Buddy so tough on the road trippers at first?

"We'd gotten a complaint about [a crew member's] driving and the fact that he was videotaping out the back window, and it was distracting people," Buddy says.

When Buddy pulled the first car in Oprah's caravan over and others followed, he says it became a safety concern. "Any time someone stops behind my cruiser, I don't want them to because I don't know what's going to go on," he says. "I figure if it's trouble, I at least want it in front of me where I can see it."

Buddy may have been tough, but he treated these highway bandits with respect—even when he didn't know who they were. "You were so great, because even though you were stern, you never swore at us," Gayle says. "You were very professional the whole time, and I thought that was really nice."

"Thank you for being so gracious," Oprah says to Buddy.