Rarely is getting pulled over good news, but it apparently saved James Ransom's life last week.

Ransom jumped from his car, grabbed his throat and flailed his arms after being pulled over for passing another vehicle in a no-passing zone."I'm like, `What the heck's his problem?' " Sheriff's Deputy Irvin Pagan said, recalling his initial thoughts.

The deputy realized Ransom was choking, grabbed him from behind and administered the Heimlich maneuver to dislodge an antacid tablet.

"It started strangling me," said Ransom, 37. "If I was breathing at all, it was very little. I was scared to death - terrified."

Ransom was grateful he was pulled over. It was not known if he was given a ticket.