Man Listens To Pregnant Wife Instead Of Cop

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4:20 p.m. CDT July 30, 2004 - A husband rushed his pregnant wife to a hospital as she entered the last stages of labor, but the police caught up with him at the hospital.



Images:New Father Ticketed



Kathleen Siragusa's water broke just as she and her husband ran into a traffic jam in Fairfax County, Va.



In a panic, she begged her husband to switch on the flashing lights and continue driving in the shoulder lane.



A police officer soon pulled the couple over and refused to escort them to the hospital, insisting he call for an ambulance instead.



Fearing she'd have the baby in the car, she told her husband to keep on going -- and he did.



She gave birth to a baby girl just seven minutes after arriving at the hospital.



The same police officer greeted her husband at the hospital with a gift for the new dad -- a traffic ticket.



"Did he think he was helping?" Kathleen Siragusa asked. "Did he really believe that flashing his lights and his siren and hand signaling my husband to move over was going to help, when he knew I was in the last stages of labor? I don't believe that his mindset was in the right place."



But authorities said the officer did the right thing.



"There is no exception by law that allows an officer to go ahead and allow a motorist that's under stress already to endanger the lives of themselves or others on the roadway," said Fairfax County police Sgt. Richard Perez.



I was just listening to the radio and they were discussing this. A vast majority of callers believe that the cop should not have given the husband a ticket.



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  • Reply 1 of 41
    He should have escorted them to the hospital and not been such a jobsworth.
  • Reply 2 of 41
    a10t2a10t2 Posts: 191member
    By all means, the officer on the street should have the authority to determine whether or not to enforce the law. Just like I shouldn't be punished for murdering a serial killer.
  • Reply 3 of 41
    k squaredk squared Posts: 608member
    Quote:

    Originally posted by a10t2

    By all means, the officer on the street should have the authority to determine whether or not to enforce the law. Just like I shouldn't be punished for murdering a serial killer.



    Interesting question, but I don't think that the police have that kind of power. Isn't it their job to enforce the law and a judge to decide the outcome? I'm sure that the man can go to court and argue his case and the judge will decide if he deserves the ticket or not. Too bad the paper probably will not follow up on the outcome.



    Oh yeah, I assume the baby was born healthy
  • Reply 4 of 41
    applenutapplenut Posts: 5,768member
    similar thing happened one time to me...... we were stuck on an on ramp in traffic, and this guy tries to get in front of us....my dad, being the ny driver he is, goes to block him, but we see the driver yelling through his open window....then we realize he's screaming his wife is in labor and we see his wife next to him....so the guy went on the shoulder of the highway to get out of the traffic.



    can't believe they gave him a ticket..... (shakes head)
  • Reply 5 of 41
    hardeeharharhardeeharhar Posts: 4,841member
    Quote:

    Originally posted by a10t2

    By all means, the officer on the street should have the authority to determine whether or not to enforce the law. Just like I shouldn't be punished for murdering a serial killer.



    yes you should. you are not cop, judge, jury and executioner. the goal of the most equitable system of law enforcement separates these roles intentionally...
  • Reply 6 of 41
    amorphamorph Posts: 7,112member
    This is odd. The protocol I was always familiar with was that if an officer realized you were getting a woman in labor to the hospital, he'd escort you with his lights flashing to clear traffic so that you could drive like a bat of hell, only safely.



    Ticketing a guy for not wanting his baby delivered in a car seat is low, even if it could conceivably be justified according to the letter of some law. The question is not whether the officer did something illegal so much as whether they made the right call. I don't think this guy did.



    Maybe his department was behind quota on tickets?
  • Reply 7 of 41
    The officer should have escorted the couple to the hospital as mentioned above or he/she should have driven the lady and the husband over in his own car. Idealogy should not compromise humanity.
  • Reply 8 of 41
    d_pd_p Posts: 2member
    Idiots in Fairfax County. Shocker.
  • Reply 9 of 41
    pbg4 dudepbg4 dude Posts: 1,611member
    Quote:

    Originally posted by Amorph

    This is odd. The protocol I was always familiar with was that if an officer realized you were getting a woman in labor to the hospital, he'd escort you with his lights flashing to clear traffic so that you could drive like a bat of hell, only safely.



    Ticketing a guy for not wanting his baby delivered in a car seat is low, even if it could conceivably be justified according to the letter of some law. The question is not whether the officer did something illegal so much as whether they made the right call. I don't think this guy did.



    Maybe his department was behind quota on tickets?




    When my mom was pregnant with me, my dad had to rush to the hospital to her there in time. He was pulled over by the cops, but once they found out what was going on, the cops escorted my dad to the hospital. Granted, this was over 30 years ago, but I thought this was standard procedure.
  • Reply 10 of 41
    scottscott Posts: 7,431member
    I think the cop did the right thing. Only 3 months ago I drove my wife to the hospital a mere 12 hours after her water broke. Somehow we were able to make it while obeying the traffic laws.
  • Reply 11 of 41
    akacakac Posts: 511member
    This is why we have a jury system. The JURY determines if the person was guilty and therefore can also have the power (and the right) to determine if a specific law needed to be bended or not.



    So in this case, the guy could go to court, ask for Trial by Jury, and most likely be pronounced innocent. The cop has got to know this, so it really was stupid for him to do that.
  • Reply 12 of 41
    toweltowel Posts: 1,479member
    Quote:

    Originally posted by Scott

    I think the cop did the right thing. Only 3 months ago I drove my wife to the hospital a mere 12 hours after her water broke. Somehow we were able to make it while obeying the traffic laws.



    We are just dumb men. Women, however, know these things without having to time contractions (or maybe that's all they do). The article says she gave birth just 7 minutes after arriving at the hospital, so, in hindsight, her concerns were clearly justified.
  • Reply 13 of 41
    pbg4 dudepbg4 dude Posts: 1,611member
    Quote:

    Originally posted by Towel

    We are just dumb men. Women, however, know these things without having to time contractions (or maybe that's all they do). The article says she gave birth just 7 minutes after arriving at the hospital, so, in hindsight, her concerns were clearly justified.



    Besides, would you rather deal with a ticket, or a pissed off pregnant woman who happens to be your wife?
  • Reply 14 of 41
    pbg4 dudepbg4 dude Posts: 1,611member
    Quote:

    Originally posted by Scott

    I think the cop did the right thing. Only 3 months ago I drove my wife to the hospital a mere 12 hours after her water broke. Somehow we were able to make it while obeying the traffic laws.



    You waited 12 hours after her water broke?!?





    Wow, just, wow.
  • Reply 15 of 41
    a10t2a10t2 Posts: 191member
    Quote:

    Originally posted by hardeeharhar

    yes you should. you are not cop, judge, jury and executioner. the goal of the most equitable system of law enforcement separates these roles intentionally...



    Apologies all around, my sarcasm got the best of me.



    The point I meant to make is that it isn't up to the cop on the street to decide the law just to enforce it. Escort them to the hospital? Sure, that's the decent thing to do. Ticket them for breaking the law? Definitely, that's your job.
  • Reply 16 of 41
    hardheadhardhead Posts: 644member
    To the Officer in question; What a tool... Good going Barney.
  • Reply 17 of 41
    scottscott Posts: 7,431member
    Factually the guy is not innocent. He did break the law and the law has no provision for laboring spouses. In traffic court you only have a judge. They are not susceptible to jury nullification.
  • Reply 18 of 41
    scottscott Posts: 7,431member
    Quote:

    Originally posted by PBG4 Dude

    You waited 12 hours after her water broke?!?





    Wow, just, wow.




    That whole rushing to the hospital when the water breaks is for TV drama.



    My wife wanted to labor at home and go to the hospital only when she was ready to deliver. Her water broke at 2am so she tried to go back to sleep. Had to get up at 5am due to labor pains. Whet to the hospital about 3pm. When we got there she was full dilated and ready to push. That took 6 more hours.
  • Reply 19 of 41
    scottscott Posts: 7,431member
    Quote:

    Originally posted by Towel

    We are just dumb men. Women, however, know these things without having to time contractions (or maybe that's all they do). The article says she gave birth just 7 minutes after arriving at the hospital, so, in hindsight, her concerns were clearly justified.



    Not at all. A woman can be in the transition stage for a very long time. Babies don't come not matter what. You can wait and breath through a contraction. A woman can wait until she gets there and then push. So being there 10 minutes later does not mean the baby would have been born in the car. Everyone is different, YMMV.
  • Reply 20 of 41
    groveratgroverat Posts: 10,872member
    Yet you still ignore that she gave birth 7 minutes after arriving.



    This cop = jack-ass supreme.
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