A man in New Hampshire was recently rushing to the hospital with his wife who was on the verge of giving birth.
When he saw a police car behind him trying to pull him over, he didn’t want to stop. He called 911 to let them know why he was continuing.
The officer in pursuit got the call and then pulled in front to give a police escort to the hospital.
Everyone got to the hospital in time. Man and wife had a baby and the officer congratulated him.
Then, the officer gave him a speeding ticket for driving 102 mph in a 55 mph zone.
Why? This man is not trained to drive at that speed. While he was rushing to help two people in distress, he put everyone else on the road in danger by driving an unmarked vehicle, without lights or sirens, at 102 mph.
The man’s actions were completely understandable under the circumstances. If the prosecutor in his case is open to plea bargains, it’s likely the extenuating circumstances will help him get a very good offer.
However, the ticket will not simply get thrown out. There is rarely a good justification defense to speeding and the law will usually require a driver to pull over and call 911 in an emergency.
Many of us would do the same thing, including the man who got the ticket should he ever be in that position again. Nonetheless, it serves as a good example of how difficult it can be to get out of a speeding ticket by arguing that “I was speeding, but I have a good reason…”. In most cases this will simply be looked at as an admission of guilt.