Trooper Christopher Cummings said he pulled over Carley Williams, 28, of Nashua, for driving 82 mph in a 65 mph zone Friday night and the woman gave him a tearful excuse, ABC News reported Wednesday.
"She told me her father had stage four cancer, that he was breathing only six breaths a minute, and that she was trying to make it to the hospital before he passed," Cummings said.
"She seemed pretty emotional. It made me believe that this person was legitimately telling me the truth," Cummings said.
Cummings said he allowed the woman to go on her way after giving him the name of her father and the hospital where he was being treated.
"I called the hospital where Williams told me her father was a patient and asked if he was there. They told me he wasn't," Cummings said.
Cummings said he did some research online and discovered Williams' father had died in 2008.
"I'm pretty used to people trying to bend the truth to get out of speeding citations, but this woman preyed on my emotions as a human being," Cummings said.
The trooper said he discovered Williams' car registration was suspended, a misdemeanor offense in New Hampshire. He said he brought a copy of the father's obituary with him when he went to Williams' house to arrest her Sunday.
"This wasn't personal, it was a matter of law. The violation happened in my presence, so I made the arrest," he said.