When a pregnant Angela Couglin looked at her husband John this fall and said "You need to get me to the hospital," he loaded up the car and took off. Fast.
In a hurried attempt to ensure his soon-to-be-born son wasn't born in the car, he sped. In fact, he sped (at 102 mph) right by a New Hampshire state trooper. When the trooper realized what was happening, he escorted the couple to the hospital. But then he did something that has many scratching their heads: he gave them a ticket.
"I found my cell phone," says John, "called 911 to make sure he knew I wasn't trying to out run him."
The trooper escorted the couple to Catholic Medical Center in Manchester, helped Angela out of the car, and waited outside the delivery room with a ticket in his hand. A ticket written with just six minutes to spare before Kyle's official time of birth.
"He said congratulations on your son but I'll see you in court," recalls John.
The couple was at court Tuesday for a trial that's been rescheduled for next week. They had with them a letter from the midwife that states the baby's life could have been in danger had they not made it to the emergency room so quickly. Kyle's precipitous birth left him black and blue. No comment at this point from state police. Dad has no regrets.
"I really didn't think it was a big deal. I wasn't recklessly driving, i wasn't speeding on a Friday afternoon at four o'clock. I was just getting them to safety. "
But by Wednesday morning, the state trooper's office did respond and defended the ticket, saying it was a matter of public safety: