Idaho Officer Gives Speeding Driver Prayer Instead of Ticket

When Deputy Matthew Brakeman spotted a driver going 10 miles over the speed limit, he was prepared to issue a ticket, but he gave her something much more powerful instead.
When Deputy Matthew Brakeman spotted a driver going 10 miles over the speed limit, he was prepared to issue a ticket, but he gave her something much more powerful instead.

When a Kootenai County sheriff’s deputy pulled over a speeding driver a few weeks ago, he had every right to give her a ticket.

Deputy Matthew Brakeman said the woman was going about 10 miles over the speed limit.

“Driver was not happy to be stopped,” Brakeman said. “So I spoke to her for a moment.”

He could tell something was different as they started talking. The driver’s mother was in the passenger seat.

“I asked where they were headed, and she said to the oncologist,” Brakeman said. “She then started to become a little bit emotional.”

He learned the driver’s mother had been battling cancer. They were making another painful visit to the doctor’s office.

Brakeman went back to his patrol car to collect his thoughts. He knew he needed something more powerful than a ticket here.

“Walked back up to the passenger side and asked her mother if she would accept a prayer,” Brakeman said. “And she said, ‘Absolutely.’ So then we prayed and told them to have a good day and went back to my car.”

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SOURCE: USA Today
Taylor Viydo, KREM