• Jul 26, 2011
Rushing to save his baby's life, David Weber was issued... Rushing to save his baby's life, David Weber was issued a huge speeding ticket (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS).

A man in Manitoba, Canada has been given a whopping $1,000 ticket and a suspended driver's license as punishment for speeding to the hospital in order to save the life of his pregnant wife and his unborn child, reported the Winnipeg Free Press.

David Weber and his wife Genevieve one day last March were on their way home from a day of shopping when she began to have contractions. Genevieve was 38 weeks pregnant and the couple knew, because of complications she incurred while giving birth to their first child, they had very little time to get her to the hospital for a Caesarean section.

In what is described as an adrenaline-filled panic, Mr. Weber mashed the gas pedal of his Honda Civic, and began speeding towards the hospital on "lightly trafficked roads," the newspaper reported, at more than 105 MPH.

Unfortunately, the couple flew right by a police officer.

The couple's first reaction was that of relief, thinking the officer would hear their situation and offer them an escort to the hospital. Forget it.

"[The officer] said, 'If you go to [the hospital], I don't want to see you guys speeding,'" David told the Winnipeg Free Press. "I was half-crying... I said, 'We don't have time for a lecture.' (I was) trying to save my wife and baby's life."

After a 15-minute delay, the Weber's were back on the road, but with a baby-gift of a $1,000 speeding ticket, and time running out.

Mr. Weber knew the delay had made it even more imperative that they get to the hospital, so he again mashed the gas pedal. But 30 minutes later, incredibly, the couple was stopped by another police officer who had actually been alerted by the first that the Webers might be speeding again in the direction of the hospital.

The second officer also ignored the situation, started another lecture on speeding, and called an ambulance instead of allowing Mr. Weber to continue to the hospital, or escorting him there. Genevieve suffered through yet another 15 minute delay in pain and agony as they waited for the ambulance to arrive.

Fortunately, the Weber's baby was born healthy at the hospital, but it was a dangerously close call. According to the couple's doctor, Genevieve's uterus was very nearly ruptured.

Mr. Weber decided to fight the ticket with the support of the doctor that delivered the couple's baby. But in spite of the doctor's testimony that speeding was absolutely necessary to save Mrs. Weber and her baby, the police refused to drop the ticket. They did, however, reduce the fine to $400.

And take a suspended license too!

Last month, Mr. Weber attended a hearing about the speeding incident, and in early July received even more appalling news: His license would be suspended for five months.

Only upon the completion of a safe-driving course will Mr. Weber be able to legally drive again. Even after his 5-month suspension is up, he'll also likely incur a heavy financial burden from higher auto insurance premiums.

Police officials would not comment to the Free Press on the situation due to privacy concerns, but maintained that protocols designed for keeping the roads safe were followed in this instance.

David Weber still is holding on to hope that the authorities will grant him some slack due to the obviously special circumstances surrounding his traffic violation. David told the Free Press that he has taken his situation to the media in the hopes of garnering public support.

For the time being, David Weber is left wondering what might have happened had he been delayed even longer. Perhaps a Canadian solicitor will show interest in the case and charge the police with endangering the lives of Mrs. Weber and her baby?

But the larger question is why the police were such sticklers for official procedure in the face of a medical emergency. Certainly, there are many officers who would react differently in the face of the same circumstances.

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      • 3 Years Ago
      No ticket, the mother and child could have been seriously harmed. Why didn't the first police officer call for an ambulance as the second officer did? Instead, he alerted the second police officer that they may be speeding! WTF?
      • 3 Years Ago
      If this man had went, say 80 miles per hour he'd still be sto[pped by police both times, gotten the same lectures, and his baby probably not been born, if you would have not done the same thing, your either not a parent or not a very good one.
      • 3 Years Ago
      He could have killed himself, wife and unborn child by speeding. Period. By driving at the speed limit...the delay would have been minimal getting to hospital. No way to predict if her uterus will or will not rupture...if it was that serious of a risk, then doc should have done a c-section as soon as babies lungs were mature...at about 35-36 weeks....or kept her in hospital last 2 weeks of pregnancy. cops could have been more compassionate and excorted him to hospital at a safe speed.
      • 3 Years Ago
      105 mph or km/h in Canada is equal to 65 mph in the US
      • 3 Years Ago
      100% wrong on the part of the police . They could have caused the death of the mother and child . They should had escorted them to the hospital.. Thank god every thing turned out fine with mother and child . i believe that the court should reinstate his license and drop the fine .
      ralonne
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm all for law enforcement and supporting them, but this reeks of stupidity at its finest. It's not like this guy had a history of speeding - he was rushing to the hospital for goodness sake!!!! I would think the Canadian police would be more understanding of this medical emergency, but apparently they have the same blond (deliberately using the male blond) moments as those that American police sometimes have. I'm appalled at this travesty of justice
      MBSurfCity
      • 3 Years Ago
      The officers are paid by the public to keep the roads safe for everyone, driving over 100 MPH is putting others and their wives and children at risk. Maybe the better thing would have been an escort, he was warned on the first stop to drive slower, he continued to be reckless not only to his own wife and unborned baby, but anyone eles in his path. Maybe he should have just called an ambulance when the problem started for the safety of everyone including his own family. Tough call, but I don't think his choices were not the best since they knew she could have problems, racing to the hospital seems dangerous for everyone. call 911 next time and keep the roads safe for you and your family and the families of others.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Zak - what a lousy job of reporting. You're so one-sided and down on the cops; you don't take a minute to see the other side of the question. If these folks were so worried about the health of the mother and fetus, why didn't they immediately call an ambulance when she started having contractions? And the drama you put in the story - that they knew thay had little time because they had complications with a previous delivery. That isn't a certainty there would be a problem with the second delivery. And is there only one hospital in the entire town for them to drive more than 30 minutes to get to one? You would have been writing a different kind of story if these folks had caused an accident at 105mph. This is just foolishness to think you can be under stress and be driving safely at that speed. The man was endangering the health of his wife and fetus driving that fast. The second cop had it right. The first cop should not have lectured, he should have taken away this guys' keys and called an ambulance.
      Sheila Williams
      • 3 Years Ago
      If she was in that much of destress an ambulance should have been called to start with and all the other delays and costs would not have added up to what happen doing it the way he did it, just glad the baby is ok and no one was hurt on the road..........
      • 3 Years Ago
      If it is a life or death situation, why are you out to dinner with your children? You should be at home with a bag packed and be ready to call 911 at the first sign of labor. What if you had lost control of your car and killed someone else's family? The police who made the traffic stop should have provided an escort to the hospital, but you should never have put yourself in that situation in the first place.
      • 3 Years Ago
      i think i would have been tempted to have the first officer call his supervisor and the hospital and tell them that he would be following me to the hospital or face a lawsuit due to his refusal to escort me to the hospital. and then i would have stepped on the gas and gone, letting him follow me and see the direness of the situation when he spoke to doctors.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Bottom line: Is common sense totally dead ??? Everyone, basically, was in the wrong...however under the circiumstances the husband gets a pass....no excuse for the cops.
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