A child was born on New Year’s Day after her father allegedly sped down an interstate with police in hot pursuit.
The mother of the child, named Anastasia, told police she came three weeks early, prompting the father to speed from their home in St. George, South Carolina, to a hospital in Charleston, WCBD reported.
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“He was going about 90-95 [mph] and a police officer came up behind us to pull us over. And he was like, ‘Do you want me to stop?’ And I was like, ‘No, don’t you stop’, because I felt her coming,” the newborn’s mom, Tiffani Von Glahn, told the station.
The father, Carl Alewine, did as she asked—he kept on speeding so he could get the child to the hospital.
“I was told she was a high-risk pregnancy and the way she was sitting at the time, she would’ve gotten stuck and I would’ve had to have a C-section,” Von Glahn said. “So I was thinking there was no way I could have her naturally.”
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Police then called 20 cars in for backup. Officers blocked exits and then stopped them on the interstate.
“They ended up putting him in handcuffs, just for safety reasons, because they were saying there are people out there that will fake having a pregnant wife,” she said.
Von Gahn, with the help of the police, managed to give birth to her girl in the middle of I-26.
The police, she said, handled the situation well.
“I’m sitting there, watching her born on the hood of the car, fireworks going off in the background because it’s New Year’s, and then they let me out of handcuffs, and the cops started clapping and congratulating us,” Alewine said.
WCBD reported that the 6-pound baby was born healthy.