MARYVILLE, Ill. - A couple rushing to the emergency room was not only met by doctors, police showed up as well. The man's fiance was in labor and while the couple did get a baby girl, their friend who drove them to the hospital also got a ticket.
The couple says they rushed because they feared there was a problem but, police didn't know why they were speeding.
Imogen Wilson was born at Anderson hospital in Maryville early on New Year's Day. On New Year's Eve, Sarah Pack and her fiancé, Darin Wilson, were at a party.
"I stood up and there was a pile of blood," said Pack. Wilson called 911.
"I said, 'Alright we should wait for the ambulance, that's what we should do?' and the operator said, 'I don't know, is that what you think you should do?' At that point I just wanted to get to the hospital," said Wilson.
So Wilson and Pack got into their friend's car and rushed to the hospital.
"I believed the baby was in danger," said Pack.
The next thing they knew a police officer was behind them with lights going, but they didn't stop. A few blocks later, the officer confronted them when they pulled up to the emergency room and part of it was captured on dash cam video.
"I remember getting out of the car and actually being frightened by the cop. I was scared for the baby but also scared because the cop was so intimidating," said Pack.
Wilson and Pack went inside to get treated. Their friend was ordered to stay outside. He ended up getting a speeding ticket for driving 70 in a 35 mph zone.
"The police officer was worried about the speeding when the priority should have been on the baby, the preservation of life," said Pack.
"I understand the reasons why they did what they did but I can't agree with putting the public safety at risk. The officers use their own discretion on whether to or not to issue citations in those cases. Medical emergencies do not give you legal justification," said Maryville Police Chief Rob Carpenter.
"It is the officer's discretion but his discretion was misplaced or wrong. What he chose to do in that situation was wrong," said Wilson.
The responding officer is actually a sergeant who has been with the department for about seven years. Wilson and Pack say they will help their friend fight the ticket and will pick up the cost if necessary.