Couple In Labor Speeding To Hospital Gets Ticket

LONDONDERRY, N.H. (CBS) – A calm and happy baby — Kyle Coughlin came into the world in a hurry. It all started normally enough in the middle of a September night.

“I called the doctor, let him know we were heading to the hospital,” said his mother Angela.

But in that short ride to the hospital, things got urgent fast. Angela’s water broke, the baby started to crown and John hit the gas. Hard.

Soon, there was a trooper on their tail.

“I called 911 to make sure that he knew I wasn’t trying to outrun him or ignoring him,” said John Coughlin.

Angela’s screams can be heard on the tape of the 911 call. “He’s coming out and I’m just screaming in the car just praying he’s not going to come in the car.”

WBZ-TV’s Peg Rusconi has more.

The dispatcher made the trooper aware of the situation, and the trooper then pulled in front, escorting them to Catholic Medical Center.

“When he got in front of us and helped us out, I thought, oh, he understands this is an emergency,” said Angela.

And it was. Kyle Coughlin was born six minutes later. John Coughlin then stepped out to see the trooper. “He said congratulations on your son but I’m going to have to see you in court.”

John was allegedly driving 102 miles per hour in a 55 mph zone.

“I thought it was ridiculous. I thought I had done everything I could have done,” said Coughlin.

He told WBZ he didn’t know how fast he was going.

“Nobody could be happier for this family than the state police,” said Major Russell Conte of the NH State Police, but he defends the trooper’s choice to write the ticket. “102 mph is a dangerous thing whether the roads were clear or not.”

What’s not clear is which side will prevail. It’s now up to a judge.

Comments

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  1. DStein says:

    102 MPH on I-293?? This guy deserves more than a ticket! I’m sorry, but that just endangers everyone including the soon to be born. If it was that much of an emergency then dial 911 and let the paramedics deal with your wife. They have the skills, knowledge and equipment to deliver a baby enroute to the hospital by AMBULANCE.

    1. Doreen Robinson says:

      Agreed!

      1. Frenchie says:

        I totally agree with you. Not being prepared for emergencies certainly does not negate your abilities to go with the driving laws of ther state. Millions of babies have been born, and you as a soon to be parent must have a plan in case things arise during the pregnancy. This is not the 1940’s there’s lots of info out there should anything like this ever happen.

    2. Steve says:

      This woman gave birth 6 minutes after reaching the hospital with a police escort! Do you think the baby would have waited had he been going slower? If he dialed 911 do you honestly thing they would have got to him in time? I don’t, I think he would be sitting on the side of a hightway trying to deliver his baby himself. Good for him, I’d have done the same.

      1. adarc says:

        They might have delivered in her bathroom or in the ambulance, but EMTs are trained for that, AND they wouldn’t have endangered everyone else on the road including themselves.

      2. Sarah says:

        Are you kidding? I hardly think the trooper contiinued to drive at 102 mph! duhh

      3. Steve says:

        People make is seem as though you cannot drive that fast without getting into an accident, although it’s not a good idea generally, this was a bit of an emergency. From reading the article it states… “But in that short ride to the hospital, things got urgent fast. Angela’s water broke, the baby started to crown and John hit the gas.” Doesn’t sound like he set out with things so serious, they got serious as they drove… I suppose you/your husband would have pulled over at that point, with your baby crowning, and hoped an ambulance would have got there on time? I doubt it.

      4. monkey says:

        this guy does not deserve a ticket, the officer deserves a ticket for escorting, if the officer didn’t think it was an emergency, then why didn’t he pull the couple over and call 911? Because he knew there was an emergency and the couple needed to get to the hospital….The officer was waiting for the outcome, if the baby died, do you think ewould have issued the ticket???

      5. Kevin from LA says:

        yeh dude thats whats up…those people that are happy he got a ticket are the reason things are so bad now..old scared to change and want a police state bcuz theyre too weak to live life or its already passed them by and they want to ruin it for everybody else..

        hell yeah i wouldve done the same thing f*** that cop, hes after ticket money is all

    3. Bethany Anna Simmonzs says:

      6 minutes. SIX. There wasn’t time, he did what he had to do. Sure the cop was within rights to ticket, but Hubby did the right thing, as evidenced by the safe delivery of the baby and lack of wrecks on the way.

      1. That's Life says:

        WOW! Looking at all your replies, it surely seems that you felt it was your civic duty to reply to many of these comments on this subject, huh? Do us all a favor and get some professional assistance, Oh! not judging , just an observation, that’s all. Do make a great day happen!

  2. cynic says:

    102 is too much.

    1. Bravo2Zero says:

      – In your opinion.

      1. Miles Hanson says:

        actually law states its too fast Bravo…
        what some of you don’t realize is that this is NH in January.. its cold in the middle of the night.. roads freeze
        baby or not..this debate wouldn’t be happening had he got in an accident.
        you all would be saying he was driving too fast.

      2. Art says:

        @Miles Hanson

        please re-read first paragraph…

        LONDONDERRY, N.H. (CBS) – A calm and happy baby — Kyle Coughlin came into the world in a hurry. It all started normally enough in the middle of a SEPTEMBER night.

        Obiviously… it was not in January

      3. monkey says:

        there is no right or wrong here,,, what if the cop stopped the couple and called 911 (which he didn’t) and the baby suffered from cord strangulation while waiting for the paramedics to arrive, no oxygen to the brain even for 5 minutes would result in permanent brain damage,,,the cop would then be at fault…..no, what the cop did is wait for the baby to be born and see if the baby was ok, then issues the ticket? Wicked…he would not have issued the ticket if the baby died in the ER

  3. Thomas Hood says:

    I have to agree. I wanted to be outraged at the officer’s actions but he was completely justified in citing the guy. 102mph is unreasonable and dude deserves the ticket. It’s reckless and only by sheer luck was it wreck-less.

  4. response says:

    he drives 102 MPH and uses his cell phone? sorry, you deserve more than a speeding ticket.

    1. ron says:

      Sorry you need a nut sack.

    2. monkey says:

      using a cell phone at 102 desrves an award, how many people can do that and keep their cool while having your son come out

  5. Charlie says:

    I agree 102 is to fast, 80 is 1 thing, 102 no friggen way!!

    1. monkey says:

      80 is 1 thing? I know people who are still unsafe to drive while at 65. Drive a bimmer, driving 100 feels as if you’re going 65

  6. Charlie says:

    He can fight it all he wants, hes wasting his time and my tax money pay up and move on

    1. Bravo2Zero says:

      Stop being an a**bag. He has the right to challenge anything…this is America you jack wad. You don’t pay all the flippin’ taxes in the country.

  7. cynic says:

    One time I pulled into Dunkin Donuts in Nashua. I parked next to a Troopers Car. Another Car pulled in and stopped on the other side of the Statie.A man got out and asked the Trooper for directions. The cop gave him a ticket for leaving his car unattened with the engine running. True story !

    1. mark says:

      Stick to the subject! If you are possible of doing that.

      1. cynic says:

        My point was that often people do dumb things,including Cops. I think capable a would have been a better choice of words.

  8. vlizzle says:

    WOW 102 is wicked fast, but I am sure he was panicking with his wife in labor and not thinking very clearly. After all the baby was born 6 minutes after arrival. If he wasn’t going that fast the baby probably would have been born in the car. I’m just glad that nobody was hurt in the process.

  9. grammyp says:

    Are you kidding??? Only a fool would take off at over 100mph when a baby’s birth is imminent instead of calling 911 to get professional help from trained first responders. He’s lucky the speeding ticket was the worst thing that happened; the outcome could have been tragic! The trooper did everything right and should be commended for his actions. This man, on the other hand, should be ashamed of himself. I hope he is severely reprimanded for the original incident and for tying up the courts’ time and taxpayers’ dollars with this ridiculous appeal! He needs to admit he was wrong, pay up, and get over it!!!

    1. Bravo2Zero says:

      Sounds like you need to return to reality. Who died and made you dictator of court appeals? Old-Ass Fool!

  10. Wizard says:

    Babies can be born at home just fine.
    There is/was NO EMERGENCY….

    1. cynic says:

      Would seeing the top of the Babys head change your mind?

      1. Sarah says:

        cynic

        Would seeing the top of the Babys head change your mind?

        NO

      2. Lori says:

        Seeing the top of the babys’ head would not change my mind. Seeing this poor mother lose her baby because her husband drove too fast (and crashed) WOULD change my mind.

    2. Lori says:

      Wizard, I agree. Though I had all 4 of my kids at the hospital I would have to agree with you. Having a kid can definitely be stressful, especially if it is your first, but safety of yourself and unborn child is still paramount… at least it should be.

    3. shay says:

      Not necessarily true. If that’s the case, then women wouldn’t need to be monitored by several nurses throughout the whole process. It definitely is an emergency and requires professional support…especially if mother or child are undergoing complications. There’s a higher chance of birth complications versus a 10 minute drive, speeding to the hospital.

  11. MaryC says:

    Why didn’t he call 911 first. Then the police would’ve been working with him from the beginning. He is lucky he got everyone to the hospital alive . Giving him a ticket seems cold, but I think the Trooper was trying to make a point.

  12. buddy says:

    His wife should divorce him. Not only did he put the general publics safety in jeopardy but that of his unborn child and wife. What a complete idiot. He should lose his license for driving to endanger.

    What a complete idiot. You know the old saying…….Stupid is as stupid does!

    1. Sarah says:

      Buddy, I agree with you. Coughlin is lucky the trooper didn’t arrest him for Child Endangerment or Reckless Endangerment! If I had been that trooper, I would have. Would landing in jail have made this dope happy? It is said that “You can’t ticket stupid.” But this case sure comes close enough! Can’t wait to see the court results!

      1. LeAnne says:

        I am sure his wife proabbly had a lot to do with him driving that fast. Men do not understand how much pain that is and I’m sure she wanted him to do whatever he could to get there THEN. 102 is fast, but people have done worse things for less. Had they called 911 she probably would have had that baby at her house. Who knows how long it wouldve taken the ambulance to get there. I realize having the baby at home is okay for some people. But I for one would have had no idea what to do nor would have my husband. sooo in retrospect, good for them. And shame on that cop. Had that cop been a woman I bet no ticket would have been cited!

  13. Anon says:

    102 is not fast.

    1. Sarah says:

      Neither is your brain!

      1. Bravo2Zero says:

        sarah – you need to get some. your way uptight.

  14. Nicole says:

    I was wreckless and stupid. He was probably really was scared and lost control like most men when a woman is pregnant. I hope they lessen the ticket. I don’t think it’s about the money, it’s about the damn surcharge the insurance company gives.

  15. Mike says:

    I agree. Get off your high horses until you have been in that kind of situation. No one was on the road and the adrenaline was pumping. We all have done things that we wish we hadn’t done, and they were usually when we weren’t thinking straight!

    1. adarc says:

      I have been – but 102 is closing in on twice the speed limit. Babies get born in cars all the time, what gives hime the right to drive like an idiot?

    2. Liz says:

      And then after doing something we wish we hadn’t done then we usually take responsability for our actions. He should pay the ticket and stop complaining.

  16. Emmit066 says:

    Let’s look at the facts. He was traveling at a high rate of speed. He was intercepted by a State a State Trooper. He called 911 while driving to inform the State Police of the situation and was then escorted to the hospital. He was issued a citation.

    Maybe he actually had a hands free device in the car, or a car capable of voice dialing. People don’t do the smartest things when faced with an emergency that they are not prepared for. we also do not know anything of his wife’s condition at the time that would have necessitated such a response.

    While 102 can be fast, it is also relative to the vehicle he was driving. It’s really fast in a Yugo or a Ford Escort but not so much in a BMW, Mercedes, Mustang, or Chevy Impala.

    While I can see things from both the Trooper’s side as well as Mr. Coughlin’s side, Mr. Coughlin did break the law and was cited appropriately. it is up to the court/magistrate to decide if there should be a reduction in his fine.

    1. cynic says:

      Emmit066… How did you ever finish your comment without it timing out?

    2. Bethany Anna Simmonzs says:

      agreed, cynic–i timed out just responding to it, lol. Nobody commenting is qualified to judge anything. We weren’t there. We can’t say how much of an emergency this particular delivery was, or whether a 911 call instead of a drive would have been better or tragic. None of us can say whether THAT man driving THAT car on THAT road on THAT day with THAT weather and THAT traffic put anyone in danger at 102 or not. The cop did his job, pursued a speeder then escorted them to the hospital. In his judgment a ticket was called for. The judge will decide the ultimate disposition of the case. Everyone did/will do what they feel is best. All is right with the world, everyone chill out.

  17. E Lamson says:

    The cop became an ESCORT – he shoul give himself a ticket – how does aiding and abeting grab you

    1. Jim says:

      The stupidity of this comment is incomprehensible.

      1. Bravo2Zero says:

        just as stupid and incomprehensible as the cop giving him a ticket.

      2. Bethany Anna Simmonzs says:

        not incomprehensible, just immense, and embarrassing.

  18. TheBigDog says:

    I only have one thing to say. Only in New Hampshire

    1. AA says:

      Your comment is so true! Pretty much like Maine :”Where you can’t git thar from her~ah!!” for sure!! lmao Big Time!!

  19. Christopher Desmond says:

    I agree with E Lamson, he was escorting a guy that was going 102 and figures it to happen in NH

    1. sarah says:

      duhhh you are not illogical enough to really think the trooper continued at that speed–right?

      1. Bravo2Zero says:

        sarah – were you there? no…your speculating. just as chris is.

      2. Bethany Anna Simmonzs says:

        Sarah, your comment makes no sense. He may very well have done so, you don’t know. Your duhhhs are pretty lame, and should perhaps be reserved for yourself.

  20. cynic says:

    Is WBZ aware that they have some serious problems with this Comment page.? Truthfully it is a king sized pain in the patootie to ALMOST finish your comment before it disappears.

  21. cynic says:

    Why is the 100 MPH High Speed chase always some car with a top end of 70 MPH downhill with a tail wind…. If a Trooper sees you speeding and he goes 100 MPH to catch up with you were you going 100 ?…These are the questions the Court will answer.

  22. cynic says:

    Is that the Baby in the Photo? Boy, they grow up fast in NH.

  23. Jennifer says:

    I doubt he was doing 102…. Radar would have picked up both the speed the car was doing PLUS the cop car’s speed as the car was moving! The only time radar is accurate is when the unit is stable (unmoving). But in the cop car’s also speeding vehicle, its impossible it was accurate… I hope the judge throws the whole thing out!

    1. KSun says:

      Absolutely this case should be thrown out of court, it’s stupid and cold. But on your comment, police cars can have moving radar, either that, or the officer was parked on the side, or he was pacing the other car (driving up behind and essentially matching your speed)

  24. sean says:

    Pretty sure anyone would speed to get to the hospital if their wife was in labor, but going 102 is a little much. I don’t know what kind of car they have, but for a lot of cars if you get a blowout at that speed you’re going to be endanger of an accident. The cop could have easily had a chat with the man about making a better choice without giving him a ticket.

  25. Bonnie says:

    There is no exscuse for driving that fast on a pulic way. He put the safety of his wife, child and the public in danger. The driver should have pulled over and called 911 and waited for the authorities. So what if the baby were born in the car. He should just pay the ticket and be thankful that he didn’t get thrown in jail for endangering others.

  26. McP says:

    This happened in September and is just making the news now. The court day is coming up and the offender is looking for media attention before it is heard by traffic court.

    1. Lori says:

      Exactly! WHY did he not say anything before hand? Why is it only in the news now?

  27. cynic says:

    How fast was he going when the Trooper was in front off him escorting him?

  28. Ksun says:

    Absolutely ridiculous to be giving him a ticket. And a lot of them are such hypocrites too….. They say if it’s a justified emergency, they’ll cut you a break. Hah. And also, keep in mind that most officers you see on the highway are speeding anyway without any reason. For this officer to give a ticket after his wife went into labor is completely unnecessary. A first responder will not get to the highway in time anyway, keep in mind the baby was born in only minutes after arriving. It was a legitimate emergency, let it go.

  29. cynic says:

    At least the Trooper escorted him to the Hospital. The one in Mass kept the guy at the side of the road while he wrote the Ticket. Remember?

  30. emom says:

    Did he ever hear of calling 911 at home,,,,, he risked the lives of his soon to be family and not to mention others,, what a fool,,,, clueless and selfish ,,,he was and he needs to pay the ticket and go on and realize he is alive because the officer interveined,,, he should be gratefull he and his family is alive,,,,,stupid pride

  31. Jbhl4 says:

    It is the feeling that permeates society today, that you are somehow privileged and above the law. They would not have been the first people to have given birth on the side of the road. Instead, they waited too long at home and put everyone else at risk, both pedestrians and the motoring public.. God only knows how fast he was going on the side streets to get to 293.

  32. Linda says:

    102 is excessive and he should get a ticket. I’m sorry, but he was driving at such a dangerous and excessive speed while he was clearly distracted by his wife in labor AND on a cellphone to boot not to mention his adrenalin was probably pumping and he was probably nervous…the guy is lucky he didn’t lose control and crash. He could have easily lost control and killed himself, his wife, his unborn baby AND some innocent people on the road. Just plain stupid. If it was an emergency he should have pulled over and called 911…that’s what EMT is for. He deserves the ticket ! I’d hate to be on the receiving end of the accident that could have occurred had the guy not been stopped. He could have killed me and made my 7 children motherless. The officer was protecting US as well as him/his wife/child…he was doing his job. The guy deserves a ticket for driving at such speeds.

  33. Mike says:

    Regarding calling 911 from home : remember that when seconds count, the police/ems/whatever are only minutes/hours away. I’d venture to guess that average EMS response time in his city is way more than 6 minutes.

    102 is fast, but not all that fast on an empty highway. In Germany it’s pretty routine to drive 150kph in traffic on the authbahn.

  34. Bonnie says:

    I wonder how many accidents have been caused by reckless (but well meaning) drivers trying to take others to the hospital themselves rather than callling 911 for professional help.

    1. ron says:

      I wonder why you’re such a dumb ass.

  35. sltalot says:

    102 mph is driving to endanger. The couple was in a panic state of mind and the husband could not possibly concentrate on driving that fast while his wife is screaming next to him. At that speed, any distraction could have cost them their lives, the baby and any other drivers they killed along the way. It was foolish and irrational. CALL 911 and get emergency help if needed. This was not a life or death situation. Better to have the baby born in the car and call for help by trained professionals. They must pay the price like anyone else. If they were going 20 mph over the speed limit…well, ok, but 102??? That is dangerous driving. It bothers me that they are responsible for small children and show such irrational behavior.

  36. Audi says:

    Seriously would you want the trooper that is only CPR trained to deliver your kid? When there could be a risk of injury to the health of the mother or baby. The baby is not going to wait for the real paramedics to get there to take over. If you were having your first baby would you not want the best for your kids? Even if it is involving the dad driving 102 plus to get where you know that it will be taken care of and less likely that there will be difficulties for the mother or child. I bet you all can answer yes to every thing. Besides the trooper escorted them the rest of the way and stayed at the hospital until the baby was born shouldn’t are tax money be going to him sitting there waiting to hand out a ticket or should he be back out on patrol doing his job? Take 5 minutes and think about the issue at hand life death mother and child.

  37. arugala says:

    at 3 am, i say, go for it, had it been during the day, then give him the ticket

    1. Enigmatic says:

      What a message that your sending out there to young drivers and potential ones for the future, as well! Driving laws have to be enforced, or else it becomes a favoritism game of sorts, and there is nothing fair about that, no matter how you spin it.

  38. C'est La Vie says:

    This is the 21st Century, you should have a plan in case something like this occurs, whether its your first time or not. Please don’t use an incomplete conscience, to give youself permission not to recieve a ticket. You should have called the police for an escort. This should not be rocket science! It’s a privelige and not a right to drive in these United States, remember that the next time.

    1. Audi says:

      He was driving the speed limit till the water broke and the baby was crowning. plan really plan this. have a baby in the middle on a corn field with just you and a corn stock. think about it. just stop talking think about it for 5 mins and then come talk to me.

  39. Riley1 says:

    The cop should be fired! Talking about safety, well what about the safety of the child and mother. What if there were complications? What if the cord was wrapped around the baby’s neck? Cops will never help the citizenry when help is needed. They are nothing more than tax collectors whose sole purpose is to create revenue for the local government. Like the said on Modern Family, call the cops and order a pizza and see which one arrives first.

  40. Maxwel says:

    Did this cop give himself a ticket to for his speeding? According to the law a cop has no more right on the road then you or I do. When they are performing a public duty they do have the right to speed but must use extreme caution not to cause any interference with others on the road and if they do the accident is their fault. We see these cops all day speeding on our roads and who is going to stop them and write them up for all the infractions they commit? Who polices the police? When a cop puts on his badge does it make him incapable of making human error or something? Why someone does not do something to these cops is beyond me. You want to set an example, how about practicing what you preach? Bad cops !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1. Bethany Anna Simmonzs says:

      Wow Max, did you think before typing that? As you said, the cop has the right to speed while doing his duty: Pursuing a speeder and escorting a woman in labor both fall under this. All your other examples have nothing to do with THIS situation. Of course he didn’t write himself a ticket, he would have had to be an idiot to do so.

  41. Paul says:

    cops no longer have any common sense,he should be reassigned

  42. Formidable says:

    Imagine if we had laws that were only adhered to when you saw fit that they should, it would be utter chaos. You cannot go around with an Incomplete Conscience after the fact, and expect to be cleared of your wrong doing. It can’t work that way in this society, this is not the days of The Bible any longer. He should enjoy his newborn son paid the fine and call it a day, end of subject! Happy New Year all!

    1. PAAP says:

      Now this is right on the money, no excuses and to the point. Too bad most would not have clearly thought this one out, before writing such insipid commentary on this unfortunate development.

  43. Katie says:

    The cop lead them to the hospital so he was only driving as fast as the cop allowed.

  44. HL says:

    Better yet, have a homebirth. Then there’s no need to go to the hospital and risk getting stuck in traffic or getting a ticket if it’s a fast delivery.

  45. jason says:

    Why take a chance driving so fast. If there was a problem and the baby was born brain damaged or dead, that would be better than taking a chance of hitting a moose at 102 miles an hour. If there was brain damage, the state would provide life long assistance for the baby. If the baby died, they could always have another one, unless of course the mother’s reproductive system was permanently damaged. Certainly none of this is a big enough deal to justify driving over the speed limit. The guy proved that he can’t keep his emotions under control under a little stress, so the judge should probably revoke his driver’s license.

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  47. Kevin from LA says:

    F*** that cop and F*** you stuck up bitter old people that want it to be a police state because life has passed you by and you want to ruin it for everybody else.. next step away from a nazi, and you’d think at least some of you would have recognized their mindset is your mindset.you sound worse than backwards closed minded southern hicks
    the cop was looking for ticket money you idiots
    .you’re more concerned about the states money and hypothetical roadway conditions then you are a young pregnant woman and a child.
    if that was your kid being born in that car youd be thinking differently.
    or maybe if it was you that was being born and you died from complicatios in 6 minutes..
    STEP OUTSIDE THE BOX.

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