What's the only excuse a police officer could accept for speeding?

WHEN Constable Nick Richardson pulled a person over for speeding yesterday morning, he didn't expect he would be rushing a pregnant woman to hospital.

Constable Richardson was 15 kilometres out of Dubbo, travelling along the Mitchell Highway to Narromine for an Highway Patrol operation when he detected a car exceeding the speed limit.

He had barely pulled up behind the car when the female driver jumped out and ran up to him to say her passenger was giving birth and needed to get to the hospital quickly.

Constable Richardson helped the woman into his own car and rushed her to Dubbo Base Hospital, where she gave birth to a healthy baby boy.

"I came across a vehicle that was travelling in excess of the speed limit. I did a U-turn and stopped the vehicle to do a breath test, licence check, all the normal things," he said.

"By the time I had activated the lights the vehicle had already stopped and the driver jumped out and ran to the rear of the vehicle.

"I put her in the police vehicle and took her to Dubbo Base Hospital.

"It's a good feeling to be able to help someone out. It's something you don't come across every day"

"I radioed through to our VKG [radio base] and the notified the hospital so they were ready.

"As soon as we got to the front doors of maternity we were met by nurses who came out and made sure she was right."

The woman was extremely grateful for Constable Richardson's help while the driver of the car wasn't charged with anything.

Constable Richardson said he hadn't found himself acting as makeshift patient transport before.

"I haven't been in Highway Patrol long and this is the first situation like this I've come across.

"It's a good feeling to be able to help someone out. It's something you don't come across every day," he said.

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