Son Gets $1.5K Ticket Rushing Dad to Hospital

Trooper allegedly questioned legitimacy of man's heart attack
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 13, 2015 5:08 PM CDT
Son Gets $1.5K Ticket Rushing Dad to Hospital
William O'Neil was having a heart attack when he and his son were issued a $1,500 speeding ticket on the way to the hospital.   (YouTube)

(Newser) – Michael O'Neil was speeding down an Illinois freeway at 82mph on Sept. 27 when he was pulled over by a state trooper, who—undeterred by O'Neil's 60-year-old father having a heart attack in the passenger seat—handed Michael a $1,500 ticket, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Michael says he originally thought the trooper was going to provide an escort to the hospital. Instead, his father William had to stand on the freeway until an ambulance showed up to take him. William tells the Sun-Times the trooper kept questioning him, telling him he didn't look like he was having a heart attack. The next day, William had surgery to clear a blocked artery.

Now William is furious. The Sun-Times reports he filed a complaint with the Illinois State Police only to have them tell him the trooper was in the right. “If that’s the attitude in general, we all have a problem,” he says. A police spokesperson tells the Sun-Times anyone having a medical emergency needs to call an ambulance in the first place. “The chances of causing a crash increase significantly during self-transport, because motorists tend to drive erratically and speed excessively during medical emergencies,” he says. To add insult to injury, Michael was speeding in 60mph zone but was fined more for speeding in a 55mph zone because the old sign hadn't been changed in the month since the speed limit was raised. (Read more weird crimes stories.)

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