Police pursue panicked dad-to-be

Reko Rennie
June 5, 2007 - 10:04AM
A father-to-be last night led police officers on a high speed pursuit after his pregnant wife's waters broke.

At about 8pm police on the Kiewa Valley Highway, near Wodonga in the state's north, noticed a speeding vehicle travelling in the opposite direction.

"The officer completed a u-turn and attempted to catch up to the vehicle," a Victoria Police spokeswoman said.

Police caught up to the motorist on the Murray Valley Highway and tried to get him to pull over.

"The driver has continued and led police to the Wodonga Hospital where he pulled up outside the maternity section."

Police spoke to the driver, a Tawonga man, who told them his pregnant wife's waters had broken and she suffered a medical condition that required immediate treatment.

The woman was then rushed to hospital, where she gave birth to a healthy baby boy.

"Both Mum and baby Alexander are doing well," the police spokeswoman said.

Senior Constable Peter Greaves from Tangambalanga police said the man only escaped penalty because of the exceptional circumstances surrounding the incident.

"This was a desperate situation because of the complications involving mother and baby. Police do not condone this kind of behaviour but we ended up with a good result.

"The father-to-be was given a stern lecture on the value of calling an ambulance," Senior Constable Greaves said.