Speeding Dad-to-Be Gets Cop Escort, then Ticket

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John Coughlin says he'll fight the ticket, but the state police say it was deserved.

Police say Coughlin hit a speed of 102 mph in a 55 mph zone on Sept. 18 as he rushed to a Manchester hospital with his wife.

When a trooper tried to stop them, "I called 911 to make sure he knew I wasn't trying to outrun him or ignoring him," John told CBS station WBZ-TV in Boston.

The trooper then turned the pursuit into a hospital escort.

Kyle Coughlin was born six minutes after they all reached the hospital.

The trooper congratulated Coughlin on the birth of his son -- and then handed him a ticket.

John lamented to WBZ, "I thought it was ridiculous. I thought I had done everything I could
have done in a situation like that."

State Police Major Russell Conte says the trooper did the right thing, contending Coughlin put his wife, unborn child, himself and the public at risk.

The two sides are slated to go before a judge Monday.

A New Hampshire man racing to get his pregnant wife to the hospital says he was given a state police escort, and then a speeding ticket.

John Coughlin says he'll fight the ticket, but the state police say it was deserved.

Police say Coughlin hit a speed of 102 mph in a 55 mph zone on Sept. 18 as he rushed to a Manchester hospital with his wife.

When a trooper tried to stop them, "I called 911 to make sure he knew I wasn't trying to outrun him or ignoring him," John told CBS station WBZ-TV in Boston.

The trooper then turned the pursuit into a hospital escort.

Kyle Coughlin was born six minutes after they all reached the hospital.

The trooper congratulated Coughlin on the birth of his son -- and then handed him a ticket.

John lamented to WBZ, "I thought it was ridiculous. I thought I had done everything I could have done in a situation like that."

State Police Major Russell Conte says the trooper did the right thing, contending Coughlin put his wife, unborn child, himself and the public at risk.

The two sides are slated to go before a judge Monday.

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Nikki - posted on 01/08/2011

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I agree the ticket was warranted. For those of you that think the cop was over reacting, what would your reaction be if he had of crashed and killed someone? Still justified in driving like an arse? He was lucky he didn't kill anyone, he should loose his licence.

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I did a little more research and it looks like he was written up for reckless driving -- 102 in a 55 -- and will likely lose his license for a while if he is found guilty. He also was on a freeway.
I just find it ironic that the father is claiming he was making his family's "safety a priority" by driving that fast. Give me a break!

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If your husband was driving 40 miles above the speed limit, I would think the ticket was justified too; by you stated he was driving 15 above. Big difference. Not that it really matters because 15 above is still speeding and your wife being in labor is not an excuse for reckless driving.



I also think 100 miles per hour is an extreme speed under any circumstances. It is so fast that another car ahead of him would not be able to accurately judge the speed that the car was traveling towards them at (not to mention a driver going in the opposite direction). Further, 100 miles per hour provides practically no reaction time for the driver and dramatically changes the dynamics and responsiveness of the car. Pedestrians walking across the street would also be unable to judge the speed the car was approaching. And even a freeway isn't graded for speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour. Plus, we know nothing of the road conditions (daylight, rainy, snowy, etc.). Labor isn't an excuse for recklessness. Bottom line, I hope the judge throws the book at him.

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I don't know WHAT the fine/punishment is here since I've never gotten a speeding ticket, but I do know that anything more than 30 mph over the speed limit is a much bigger deal. Pay the ticket and just be glad you didn't kill anyone.

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It seems like the cop was just doing his job. I don't think a warning and a talk are going to do the same as a suspended license and a ticket to pay. Maybe next time the dad will remember that he can't break the law and if it's an emergency he can call an ambulance.

Sherri - posted on 01/07/2011

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Hey my opinion, you are entitled to yours in my opinion cop was just being a JERK!! He didn't need to ticket him could have just as well given him a warning and a stern talking too. Will ultimately accomplish the same thing.

Amber - posted on 01/07/2011

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I agree with Rebecca. There is a huge difference between doing 50 in a 35 and doing 100 in a 55. First, the difference between 15 mph over and 45mph over. And second, as she stated, that you and other drivers have much less time to react to something happening on the road.
If somebody had changed lanes in front of him, they wouldn't have made it to the hospital.
You shouldn't endanger yourself and others by going that fast ever. Speeding is one thing, but going100mph is a completely different story.

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I don't know about the highway vs. surface street --- we have many, many surface streets in my area that are 55. In fact, most dirt roads are (if a road doesn't have a posted speed in Michigan, the speed is 55 -- most dirt roads aren't posted). In terms of throwing the book at him, it depends on the jurisdiction and what he was ticketed for. Reckless driving here is speeding on any road in excess of 25 miles over the speed limit. In Michigan, reckless driving is a 6 point offense, which means your license is suspended. He could have also been written up for fleeing a police officer, since he refused to stop once the police were trying to pull him over. That is also a 6 point offense, which also results in a suspended license. The officer who ticketed him has the discretion to write the ticket for whatever he wants, so he could have just be written up for simple speeding or he could have written him up for reckless driving plus refusing to stop -- which would automatically result in his license being suspended or revoked.

Sherri - posted on 01/06/2011

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Well if the speed limit was 55 my guess is it would have been a highway not just a regular roadway but that is beside the fact. I am not saying he wasn't speeding just saying the cop was a jerk and there was no need to give him a ticket. It is a ticket what is the judge going to do other than possibly make him pay it?? How could he possibly throw the book at him how?? It could go the other way too and could have the ticket thrown out and get no points and pay nothing.

To me labor is an excuse, I get that you don't. Oh well we will have to agree to disagree.

Sherri - posted on 01/06/2011

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Not really Rebecca 40 mph over the speed limit is 40 mph over the speed limit. It shouldn't matter to you that he was dong a 100 but more that he was speeding at all. Although I still disagree that he should not have gotten a ticket it isn't going to do any good since it isn't like it will teach him not to do it again. He probably has never done it before that very moment and was concerned for his wife and child.

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I'm sorry, but there aren't any circumstances under which you can be driving over 100 miles per hour and not realize how fast you are going. There's a huge difference between going 50 in a 35 and driving 100 anywhere.

Sherri - posted on 01/06/2011

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Probably was in labor no clue speed limit was probably 30-35 he was probably going about 50. So close enough and passing everyone even on the dbl yellow. Which is actually why he got pulled over.

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Was your husband going almost twice the legal speed, Sherri? That's just insane. I can understand the he was nervous and may speed *a little* but 102 mph is quite excessive. He could've easily lost control of the car and killed his family and others.

Lacye - posted on 01/06/2011

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I wrote about this on another board. I don't think he should have gotten the ticket. He was worried about his wife and his unborn child. That is justified in my opinion. But he will probably have to pay the ticket though.

Caitlin - posted on 01/06/2011

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Ticket merited.. he has no sirens, no flashing lights to alert other driver on the road that he's driving like a fool. The cop was great and escorted him to the hospital before issuing the ticket. If she was that close to giving birth, it would have been safer to have the baby in the car or at home than to drive like a fool. There is no excuse for reckless behaviour!

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I'm sorry -- he deserved that stinking ticket. I hope they cited him for reckless driving, too. There is no excuse for driving over 100 miles per hour. He could have just as easily pulled over, called and ambulance, and had the EMT deliver that baby. He endangered himself, his wife, his child, and every other person on the road because of his stupid and reckless behavior.

Isobel - posted on 01/06/2011

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Lucky they weren't here...his car would've been impounded...pay the ticket and be glad you didn't lose control of your car and kill your family.

Sherri - posted on 01/06/2011

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Officer was ridiculous!! My husband got pulled over getting me to the hospital with my first as well and instead of anything got us a police escort all the way to the hospital and notified the hospital we were on our way as well and everyone was awaiting our arrival as we got there.

Amy - posted on 01/06/2011

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All I can say is I hope that they guy has to pay the fine and points. Seriously, if my husband (or anyone) was driving THAT fast with me in the car, especially with a kid or kid-to-be I would never get in the car with them again. Reguardles of the fact that I was in labor.

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I agree with it. I think I'd rather give birth in the car then die in a car wreck while in labor. My husband and I talked specifically about how the drive to the hospital would be calm. No need to put anyone in danger.

Laura - posted on 01/06/2011

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At first I thought the officer had over-reacted to the situation and might have just been flexing authoritative muscles. Then I found out that the dad-to-be was traveling at almost double the speed limit! Twenty or twenty miles over the speed limit I could justify as many highways have speed limits of 70 to 75 mph. But double? That is dangerously excessive, IMO. He should be lucky that the officer didn't arrest him for public endangerment! So in this case I have to side with the officer and police department...

Brittanie - posted on 01/06/2011

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I think a warning would have sufficed, but I can see how he was putting people at risk by speeding.

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