Police pulled over a speeding vehicle late last night - only to find themselves in the middle of a roadside birth.
Police travelling north on State Highway 1 out of Paraparaumu about 11pm on Tuesday spotted a south-bound car doing excessive speed and weaving in and out of traffic, Sergeant Sam Gilpin said.
They turned around and pulled the car over as it entered Paraparaumu, only to learn the female passenger, Rebecca Watkins, was in labour and her partner Dave Boyd was trying to get her to Hutt Hospital to deliver the baby.
Boyd stopped, rushed to the police and told them they were about to have a baby.
The police then escorted them down the highway until Boyd flashed his lights at them when Watkins, who at that stage was on her hands and knees, said she needed to push.
"When she stopped using her phone to test her contractions and just concentrated on her breathing I knew we were close," Boyd said.
Police called an ambulance but the baby's head was already poking out and Boyd had to deliver the baby in the back of the car, with a midwife directing events over the phone.
A 3.4kg baby boy was delivered at 11.19pm.
"I think the police were freaking out a hell of a lot more than me, but they were great. They gave me a torch and an older officer reassured Becks at the top end while I dealt with the baby," Boyd said.
"There was a lot of blood and gush. The head came out. I panicked because there was no expression on his face, then the slippery body came out and I wrapped him in a towel and put him on Mum."
The couple said they were relieved when their new-born baby gave a little cry.
Police then helped them to Paraparaumu Hospital where the umbilical cord was cut while Watkins was still in the car.
After a few hours at the hospital with their midwife, who had came over from Lower Hutt, they returned home.
Boyd described delivering his son on the side of the road as "awesome".
The "ordeal" went so fast police did not get details of the family but intend to track down the new parents - not to send them a speeding ticket but to send them a card.
- The Dominion Post
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