WA Police have defended the decision to charge a father with driving offences after he claimed he was rushing his son to hospital.

According to police, the 39-year-old tourist was stopped in WA’s Great Southern region after 5pm on Sunday.

The man’s Rav 4 hire car was allegedly clocked at more than 160km/h in a 100km/h zone.

When stopped by Cranbrook Police, the man told officers his son was running a fever and he was taking him to get medical attention.

But the excuse didn’t fly with officers, with the 39-year-old man charged with speeding offences.

“In relation to the speeding driver with the feverish son, police will ALWAYS deal with a medical emergency as priority,” Cranbrook Police tweeted.

“This was not.”

The father will appear in court at a later date, charged with reckless driving.