A Leicester man says he had a life-or-death reason for speeding, but got a ticket anyway. And now, he says that speeding ticket, almost cost him his life.
Randy Weaver, who is a diabetic, says he knew he was having a heart attack, because he's already had five of them. He was rushing home to get his medicine when trooper J.M. Burnette pulled him over. Highway patrol says Weaver was going 67 in a 45 mile-per-hour zone. When Weaver told the trooper about his condition, she called an ambulance, and Weaver says that waiting for that help put his life at risk.
"She called an ambulance -- I waited 10 minutes -- the whole time, I'm grabbing my chest and she got mad at me for grabbing my chest and told me to get my hand out of my jacket," Weaver explains.
Trooper Burnette tells News 13 it wasn't safe for Weaver to be driving while having a heart attack, and her superiors agree that he was putting other lives in danger. The highway patrol says it's the trooper's decision whether to give a ticket in these situations, and Trooper Burnette was just doing her job. Weaver says he'll fight the ticket when he goes to court in AprilUnfair Speeding Ticket? (02/25/09)