Woman in Labor Speeds by Cops, Gets Held at Gunpoint

Police use tire spikes to stop car, unaware why husband was racing; all ends well
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 15, 2014 5:30 PM CDT
Woman in Labor Speeds by Cops, Gets Held at Gunpoint

You know that scene in the movies, where the husband drives his wife to the hospital in the nick of time to deliver their baby? Try this for a plot twist, from Iowa's WHO-TV: Cop follows speeding car with lights flashing, but husband doesn't pull over because wife is thisclose to giving birth. Cops lay tire spikes that stop the vehicle, then order both occupants to the ground at gunpoint—before realizing what's going on. Luckily, all ended well, and police got Rachel Kohnen to the hospital in time to deliver 10-pound Hazel.

"I did tell him not to stop," Rachel says of husband Ben. At one point during the chase, she tried to call 911 to let police know what was happening, but it didn't work in time. "I know I was crazy lady screaming it into the phone," she recalls. Police in Fort Dodge haven't filed charges, though it's ultimately up to the county attorney. In fairness to the original cop who tried to stop them, the Kohnens blew by him at 85mph at 4 in the morning, notes the Daily News. (Another recent crazy pregnancy story: This woman gave birth hours after finding out she was expecting.)

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