The traffic stop that was anything but routine

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 Photo: Facebook @Candace Tongate

When policewoman Candace Tongate went to work her night shift she didn't expect to be delivering a baby.

Candace was driving her patrol car in Georgia when she saw a woman committing a traffic violation, but as she pulled her over for the illegal U-turn another car pulled up behind her.

Out jumped Kevin Williams who said his wife was in labour and about to give birth in the backseat of the car.

Candace rushed to their aid and there she found Letoya, her baby crowning.

With the help of 911 operators, Candace delivered her first baby on the side of the road.

"When I realised what was happening, I couldn't believe I was helping deliver a baby," she told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Letoya, who safely gave birth to baby Riley just before ambulance officers arrived, was impressed by how calm Candace was.

"I thought she was a mom with how calm she was handling everything, considering my husband was freaking out and the officers on scene seemed to be in shock," she told WSBTV.

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In a Facebook post, she went on to thank the policewoman for delivering their "princess".

"She was awesome!!!" she wrote.

"And thank you to all the other male officers that watched not knowing what to do…But checked on me to make sure I was ok. LoL."

Candace shared the message and images on her Facebook page.

"So something just happened on shift tonight that will stick with me for the rest of my life… Your girl delivered a baby in a car," she wrote.

"Sweet baby Riley came into this world at 0125am. Happy Birthday beautiful."

As for the woman who made the illegal U-turn, she was let off with a warning. Talk about lucky timing.