A Morgan man, pulled over twice by police as he sped his pregnant wife to a hospital here at 85 mph, says officers endangered his wife and new child.
Bret Kimbal said that his wife's contractions were just three minutes apart, and he could only think of getting her to Ogden's McKay-Dee Hospital to have their third child.But Morgan County Deputy Keith Squires, driving east on I-84 at 12:40 a.m. Wednesday, says he "had no idea what the problem was with this vehicle."
All he saw was Kimbal's Honda Accord whizzing west 20 mph over the speed limit, so he flipped on his overhead lights, turned and began pursuit.
The chase ended miles later north of Uintah with Mrs. Kimbal in tears and her husband railing against policemen who had blocked the road and detained him as his wife was taken to the hospital.
She gave birth, without Kimbal present, minutes after police brought her through the hospital doors.
The Kimbals said police deprived them of sharing a precious event and through a delay in getting to the hospital could have endangered their baby boy, since the infant emerged with the umbilical cord around his neck.
Authorities, however, said Kimbal's actions endangered not only his wife and child but other motorists.
Kimbal, though, said that it was after midnight, traffic was sparse and he was just as capable as police of getting quickly to the hospital.
"Granted, I was speeding," he said. "I knew I was speeding. I had my flashers on."
His wife said she thought the flashers should have clued Squires.
It was not until Kimbal at his crying wife's insistence pulled over that Squires discovered what the rush was all about.
"I was amazed," he said.
The deputy thought someone with a medical emergency would have stopped and told a pursuing policeman why they were speeding.