Marvetta Neal was driving through Liberty, South Carolina, on Dec. 16 when she saw blue lights flashing in her rearview mirror.
Liberty Police Chief Adam Gilstrap approached her car, and Neal explained she was on her way to work and didn’t realize she was speeding, WHNS reported.
"One mile per hour over the speed limit," Neal told WHNS. "I thought, 'Well, what kind of ticket is that going to be?' I was nervous."
Though Gilstrap said Neal was technically breaking the law, he let her go with a warning.
“And he said, 'Because I am holding you up, here is a $20 Wal-Mart gift card,'” Neal said.
She thanked the officer with tears in her eyes.
The pair then wished each other a Merry Christmas. Gilstrap said he hopes Neal remembers the experience.
"If we can do something good for somebody and make them smile, that's good,” he said. "If we can improve the image of law enforcement and my department, then everybody wins."
Gilstrap wrote on Facebook that his officers may be giving out more surprise gifts in the near future and that the only motivation “is to spread Holiday Cheer.”
Midlands Law Enforcement Network wrote on the Liberty Police Facebook page that the margin of error for the speed radar is 1 mile per hour.
"However, good faith is everything and given the intent, I think one would be hard pressed [to] find fault," the comment reads.