The following is via TLS:
A Lakewood resident is in shock after being stopped, held up and ticketed by a Howell cop, just minutes before his wife gave birth to their child – despite telling the cop he was rushing to an emergency.
The resident relayed the horrifying experience to TLS, and provided photos of the ticket, as well as a photo of his wife’s hospital bracelet.
“The following is the harrowing ordeal that we went through recently with Howell Police Officer Badge #(moderated).
My pregnant wife had been to the doctor that day, and was told that as soon as labor begins she should rush to the hospital, since the baby will be born very quickly.
That night labor began, so we immediately set out to Monmouth Medical Center driving at regular speed. While driving on Squankum Road. my wife told me she is starting to feel it is getting closer to birth. I became quite frantic, so I automatically picked up speed, without realizing I was going way over the speed limit.
Suddenly the above officer pulled us over. I respectfully explained that my wife is in advanced labor and I am headed to the hospital. I tried explaining the severity of the situation, but he cut me off without inquiring in what condition my wife is, and just asked for license and registration. We pleaded with him to please make it fast as we are in an emergency, but he answered curtly, sit tight.
While stranded, my wife reached a critical point. I immediately started calling out, “officer, officer”, and motioned with my hands, but he completely ignored me. He left me stranded close to 15 minutes while my wife was moaning away. Afterwards he gave me a speeding ticket. I then told him that my wife has reached a critical point, and asked if he could escort us to the hospital. He answered “we don’t do these things, but I can call an ambulance”, which I declined saying I can do the same.
I rushed to the hospital while calling the doctor to update him. He sent the nurses to wait for us at the emergency room. With God’s mercy the baby was born as soon as we arrived, which happened to be “20 min. after the officer let us go”.
If anyone has any advice or suggestions how to deal with this story and ticket please contact me.
A Lakewood Resident
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