Officer who pulled Adrian Peterson over for speeding joked she wouldn't have if the Redskins were winning

The Virginia State Police officer who pulled over and ticketed Washington Redskins running back Adrian Peterson for speeding in November joked in court on Tuesday that she wouldn’t have done so if the Redskins had been playing better.

Peterson was ticketed for going 78 mph in a 55 mph zone on Nov. 27, and had the charge reduced simply to speeding from a misdemeanor reckless driving charge on Tuesday. Anyone in Virginia stopped for going more than 20 mph over the speed limit can be charged with reckless driving.

At the time of the incident, the Redskins were 6-5. They finished the season 7-9, missing the postseason for the third straight year.

“If the Redskins were winning, I wouldn’t have written a ticket,” trooper K.M. Freeman joked to a bailiff during recess at court on Tuesday, just before Peterson’s case was called, via USA Today.

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Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (28) celebrates with fans after he runs for a 61-yard touchdown during the second half of their NFL football game against the Detroit Lions in Minneapolis, November 11, 2012. Minnesota won 34-24. REUTERS/Eric Miller (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL)
Jan 10, 2016; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (right) greets Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) after a NFC Wild Card playoff football game at TCF Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports
Suspended Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson exits following his hearing against the NFL over his punishment for child abuse, in New York, New York, U.S. December 2, 2014. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/File Photo
Dec 10, 2015; Glendale, AZ, USA; Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (11) poses for a photo with Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (28) following the game at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Cardinals defeated the Vikings 23-20. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 4, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) and Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (28) after the game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Broncos won 23-20. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - NOVEMBER 6: Adrian Peterson shakes hands after the game on November 6, 2016 at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - DECEMBER 27: Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings gets interviewed after the game against the New York Giants on December 27, 2015 at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Vikings defeated the Giants 49-17. (Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - NOVEMBER 29: Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings looks on from the sidelines during the second half against the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome on November 29, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - NOVEMBER 29: Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings runs the ball during the second half against the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome on November 29, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (28) heads to the field during an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions in Detroit, Michigan USA, on Sunday, Oct. 25, 2015. (Photo by Jorge Lemus/NurPhoto) (Photo by NurPhoto/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - SEPTEMBER 16: Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings runs with the football against the Indianapolis Colts during the game at Lucas Oil Stadium on September 16, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Colts won 23-20. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
Sep 11, 2017; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New Orleans Saints running back Adrian Peterson (28) takes the field prior to the game against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - SEPTEMBER 11: New Orleans Saints running back Adrian Peterson (28) talks with Vikings players after a NFL game between the Minnesota Vikings and New Orleans Saints on September 11, 2017 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, MN. The Vikings defeated the Saints 29-19.(Photo by Nick Wosika/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
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Peterson was not in court, instead represented by an attorney, and ordered to pay a $250 fine.

The 33-year-old running back ran for 1,042 yards and seven touchdowns for the Redskins this season — his first with the team. He also became the oldest running back to record a 1,000-yard season in more than 30 years.

He is set to become a free agent this offseason, though has said he hopes to play again for the Redskins next year.

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