A Kalamazoo, MI woman who all but guaranteed herself a traffic ticket when she ran a red light in front of a cop, managed to get out of it at the very last minute—simply by coming very close to death.

The woman—who was apparently eating a hot dog while driving—quickly realized she had made a mistake when she began choking on it.

By the time the officer approached her window, she could barely breath.

The officer pulled her out of the car and began performing the Heimlich maneuver. He was eventually able to dislodge both the 'dog and its bun, declaring "Holy shit," as the traumatized woman began hysterically crying.

The woman reportedly was not ticketed, and the officer is now being touted as a hero.

Nearly dying: sometimes it's a win/win.

[h/t Metro UK]