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Fair? Father-to-be gets speeding ticket on way to hospital.

Posted in Bizarre, General, Police, Politics, Videos by MrAngry | January 5th, 2011 | 8 Responses |

Now here is something that should stir up a bit of debate. Back on September 18th, 2010 John Coughlin was running his expectant wife Angela to the hospital, when she turned to him and stated, “You need to get me to the hospital. I’m going to have the baby in the car if you don’t.” Now, I don’t know about you, but if that were me, my foot would’ve gone straight to the floor. Apparently John Coughlin was thinking the same thing, until of course he got clocked by a New Hampshire state trooper for buzzing him at 102 mph. Now, to his credit Mr. Coughlin called 911 to explain the situation – “I found my cell phone,” says John, “called 911 to make sure he knew i wasn’t trying to out run him.”

With that, the trooper escorted the Coughlin’s to the hospital where he said “He said congratulations on your son but I’ll see you in court,”- what a monumental prick! So, what do you guys think… was he in the right or in the wrong for giving the Coughlin’s a speeding ticket?

Source: NECN.com

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8 Responses

  1. DimcheSRQ says:

    not surprising.

  2. Mark Smith says:

    Hmmm…3 am so there probably wasn’t much in the way of traffic. Still, 102? Seems a bit extreme. I don’t know how far they were going, but the difference between 80 and 102 isn’t going to save you much time unless you are driving a LONG way.

  3. MrAngry says:

    The baby was born 6 min and 35 sec. after the couple arrived at the hospital… I’d would have done the same thing.

  4. Don says:

    Where has common sense gone in these situations… When did it change from “Protect and Serve” to “Seek out and oppress”… Doesn’t it seem like the police are now look at us as if we have targets on our backs. Our police has turned into the gestopho… thats sad…

  5. Kelly says:

    I think the police officer was right. Going 102 in a 55mph zone is always dangerous regardless of the time of day. And as for the “congratulations and I’ll see you in court” comment – who knows if that was actually said? That was months ago and a very emotional time. The father could easily be remembering it wrong or could be exaggerating out of anger. I think they should pay the fine and just be grateful that they have a healthy son (who would probably still be healthy if he were born in the car).

  6. Canrith says:

    Not a father, or a father to be, but if a family member or friend needed to get to the hospital, I would have laid the pedal down just trying to buy a few seconds. Not a fan of the cop giving him a ticket for such an occasion (hopefully he will get it knocked down severely, or thrown out due to circumstances) but at least the officer let them get to the hospital in time.

  7. Jennifer says:

    He deserves a ticket. Over a hundred miles per hour is reckless and he could have killed himself, his wife and the baby, and other motorists.

  8. James says:

    I would have gone faster…. 6 minutes isn’t enough time!