Talk about birth complications.
An Iowa couple speeding to the hospital to deliver their fourth child ended up forcibly stopped and held at gunpoint by cops who didn’t know what was going on.
The whole thing started early Tuesday when Rachel Kohnen went into labor in the couple’s home about 2 a.m. Desperate to get his wife to the hospital before she gave birth in the car, Ben Kohnen was driving 30 miles over the speed limit on the way to Fort Dodge when he was spotted by a police officer who hit his siren
“My wife says, ‘we can’t pull over. The baby is coming now!’” Ben Kohnen told NBC 13.
“I did tell him not to stop,” Rachel confirmed. “I think I was screaming, ‘Oh dear God, we can’t have the baby in the car.’”
Although the couple said they called 911 to try to explain the situation, the word never reached the cops confronted with a speeding car that wasn’t stopping.
So they stopped it, with stop sticks that punctured the car’s tires and brought it to a halt.
Officers held the two at gunpoint.
“I was in the middle of a highway having contractions with guns pointed at me,” Rachel Kohnen told the station.
“I’m thinking the baby’s going to be born in the street,” Ben said.
It wasn’t though. Once the situation was explained, the officers drove the couple to the hospital, where Rachel delivered a healthy, 10 lb. baby girl named Hazel, the couple’s fourth child.
Manson Police Chief Tom Ritts told NBC 13 no charges had been filed in the case and that it would be up to the county attorney.
Kohnen could still get a speeding ticket though.
That might make it tough to pay for the new tires he needs.
Check out the NBC 13 report here.
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