Speeding Dad Ignores Cops in Pursuit While Trying to Get Laboring Wife to Hospital (VIDEO)

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police carNormally when you see those flashing lights in your rear-view mirror, you look for the nearest safe place to pull over, perhaps curse a bit, and then wait for the police officer to deliver your fate. Dad Tyler Rathjen, however, wasn't about to follow that typical protocol last week, because it wasn't a typical day -- his wife Ashley was in labor.

According to KCRG, he was in a rush to get her to the hospital in Iowa City, and must have put the pedal to the metal a little too aggressively. So when police spotted the speeding vehicle, they attempted to get him to pull over. Tyler, however, had no intention of pulling over anywhere until he reached the hospital. So he just kept driving as police chased him.

He told KCRG he recalled thinking, "I should not stop, I'm not going to, I'm going to get to the hospital." But even with the speeding, they didn't make it.

When he saw a red traffic light, Tyler says he knew he had to stop. So he hopped out of the car and yelled to the officer: "Sir, we're delivering a baby right here, right now!"

By the time Officer Kevin Wolfe reached the passenger door, the baby's head and arms were already out. He assisted with the rest of the delivery. And that's how Owen, the couple's third son, was born weighing 7 pounds, 12 ounces -- in the passenger seat of the family car, just a few blocks from the hospital.

While speeding can be dangerous, yes, when a baby is on the way, you just go. In this case, it was pretty fortunate that police did catch him speeding so help was there with the unexpected delivery. And bonus -- they even have video of it since the police car's dashboard camera captured the entire event.

Fortunately both mom and baby are doing well and are home now. And no, Tyler didn't receive a ticket.

Would you want your husband or other driver to stop for a cop if you were in labor?


Image via KCRG

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eupeptic eupeptic

Pregnancy is one of the times in a person's life that a lot of spiritual activity takes place (which explains things such as the weird/crazy dreams and cravings for certain foods). With that said, I personally would discourage people from rushing to the hospital as the timing of labor is quite often spiritually influenced (while it may not be the time that the woman finds to be ideal, it occurs when it occurs for a reason). As such, if a woman's soul wants her body to go into labor and/or deliver the baby while on the way to the hospital then she will no matter what (as was the case here), if her soul wants her to have the baby at the hospital (which most souls prefer) then that's when it will occur. Fearing that one will deliver a baby while going to the hospital is not helpful and puts the lives of many people at risk. Focus on remaining relaxed and know that the baby will come when it is intended to come.

nonmember avatar Stella

@eupeptic: Crazy much?

Brandy Smithson

hahah "ok go head" that was awesome im glad all turned out wel

thatg... thatgirl70

Doesn't really matter that his wife was in labor. He could have caused an accident causing serious injury, whether to imself, his wife or child or someone else. He risked lives. Guess I'm a hardass, because I think he should have gotten a ticket. Now that would be a life lesson to tell your child as s/he got older.

nonmember avatar J'smommy

LOL @ Stella......

nonmember avatar mommyOf1

Bahahahaha @ Stella, I agree!
@ eupeptic- you are crazy!! the baby will come when its READY!! Even if you're not!

ACDC_fan ACDC_fan

eupeptic- I am a spiritual sister. I completely understand what you're saying :)

apple... applegeisha

I was a police officer and there is no reason I see for this man getting a ticket. I would have done the same if I was in his position and you needed to get to the hospital quickly. In fact, just as it shows inthe video, the police officer, after assisting the pregnancy and birth, will escort the couple to the hospital! They still ahve things they need donee at the hospital that you can't do in the car (shots, cleaning up, ambilical cord cut, etc....) so by all means I understand why the husband was working on getting to the hospital.

Kim Horton

@ Eupeptic- spirituality had nothing to do it with me. It was the fact that my vagina was aching and I felt like I was going to poop out a watermelon.

Annette Culp

As an experienced doula (300+births) I have caught 2 babies at home due to rapid births.  I would much rather stay home and call 911 for a rapid birth that rush and try to make it to the hospital and end up catching a baby on the side of the road.  Much too stressful and hazardous for everyone.  Glad everyone was ok.  Police seemed a bit 'frazzled" lol!


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