Woman in Labor Held at Gunpoint by Cops While Trying to Get to Hospital

Women in labor tend to be just a tad bit irrational sometimes. Having been there twice myself, I get it. It hurts! Get it out! Put it back! Make it stop! OMG WHY IS THIS HAPPENING TO ME I'M GONNA DIE! Yeah, giving birth is basically a crazy time in a woman's life, and anything said or done during those hours should not be held against her (outside of, you know, killing someone).

But Iowa couple Ben and Rachel Kohnen may still be facing criminal charges after being held at gunpoint by the police because they were going 30 miles per hour over the speed limit trying to make it to the hospital before their baby was born.


Rachel went into labor with her fourth child, and she said she knew this time it was different -- that baby was coming fast. On the way to the hospital (speeding, of course, because it's probably wise to obey your contracting wife when she screams, "faster," because in my mind, that's exactly what happened), a police car attempted to pull them over.

"He starts following me, and he turns on his lights, and my wife says, 'We can't pull over, the baby is coming now,'" Ben admitted.

"I did tell him not to stop," Rachel sheepishly agreed, now that she was no longer panicked about possibly not making it to the hospital. She said she was terrified of having the baby in the car, so she called 911 to try and explain the situation and that they just wanted to make it to the maternity ward, no need for the police chase, thankyouverymuch.

Unfortunately, the 911 operator had trouble understanding her, and by that point, it was too late anyway, as the police had called for backup and set out road spikes for the runaway vehicle.

Their tires were blown instantly, and the couple was forced to get out of the car and get down on the ground at gunpoint before the police realized what was going on.

Rachel was then rushed to the hospital, where little Hazel was born about an hour later. Everyone is doing fine now, and no charges have been filed at this point, but police chief Tom Ritts says it's up to the County Attorney to decide whether or not to press criminal charges, which I really hope doesn't happen.

Yes, maybe they should have pulled over, and I certainly wouldn't recommend to anyone to ignore police sirens no matter what the reason, but this is one of those cases where a judgment call needs to be made. They already had their tires blown out -- I think paying to have those replaced is reprimand enough. Now if they demanded the police pay for those -- that would be another story.

Do you think this mom and dad should be charged?


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