An Invercargill police car was frantically waved down by a man in Tramway Rd last night after the woman he was with gave birth in a van.
Senior Sergeant Dave Raynes said the man flagged down police as they were driving down the road about 7.30pm and told them the woman had just given birth.
He asked if police could assist them by escorting the van to Southland Hospital.
Mr Raynes said few questions were asked before the two vehicles made a dash for the hospital, but it was believed the woman was a Tramway Rd resident who had gone to get in the van when she went into labour and "everything happened quite fast from there".
Mr Raynes said police understood the baby was a boy.
Everything happened so fast, the relationship between the man and the woman had not been established by police, he said.
Mr Raynes said police were called on quite often to escort mums in labour to the hospital, but not usually after the baby had been born.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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