When it comes down to the health of your child, or stopping the car to chat with police, the health of your soon-to-be-born baby always takes precedence — especially if you called 9-1-1 to inform them that you were rushing to the hospital.
However, that did not stop Iowa’s Manson Police from laying down spike strips to stop this particular trip to the hospital, and holding the expecting mother at gunpoint.
Ben and Rachel Kohnen were rushing to a hospiral in Fort Dodge at around 4 am Tuesday morning, traveling about 30 miles per hour over the speed limit, when an officer began flashing his lights.
“He starts following me and he turns on his lights an my wife says we can’t pull over. The baby is coming now,” said Ben Kohnen, who was driving.
“I did tell him not to stop,” said Rachel Kohnen, who was in labor with the couple’s fourth child and afraid they would not make it to the hospital in time. “I think I was screaming, ‘ Oh dear God, we can’t have the baby in the car.’”
The mother-to-be called 9-1-1 and informed the dispatcher of the situation, but concedes that they may have had trouble understanding her over her panicked screams. “I know I was crazy lady screaming it into the phone,” said Rachel.
Once the couple reached Fort Dodge, authorities were waiting for them with spike strips and guns. “They had thrown out the tire spikes and so all four tires, I run over those and all four tires go flat,” said Ben Kohnen.
The couple was held at gunpoint on the ground until police finally realized this was an emergency.
Finally, Rachel Kohnen was rushed to the hospital with just an hour to spare, where she delivered a 10-pound baby girl.
Whether or not charges will be filed against the couple has not been determined, according to Manson Police Chief Tom Ritts, who noted that the couple should have called ahead — which they did.
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