A San Diego man was arrested by police at gunpoint for allegedly leading them on a high-speed chase involving multiple police cars and a helicopter. The chase only ended when the man ran over a spike strip, puncturing one or more of his tires, according to a report from U-T San Diego.

The reason the man was fleeing? Not drugs, or drunk driving, or driving without a license - he was trying to get to the hospital in time for the birth of his child. Apparently, paramedics had taken his wife to the hospital, and he followed in his personal car. The report isn't clear, but at some point, the paramedics got far enough ahead of him that he resulted to speeding and swerving to catch up. The police, who occasionally make mistakes too, thought he was a drunk driver and attempted to pull him over. When that failed, the spike strip got involved.

Complying with the officer's directions, the father-to-be stepped away from the vehicle and was arrested. The man's argument that he was dedicated to being by his wife's side was apparently enough for police, who received confirmation from paramedics and released him. Proving that no justifiable crime goes unpunished, the cops have reportedly forwarded a report to the San Diego city attorney's office, which is debating whether to file failure to yield charges. It's unclear if the man made it to the hospital in time.


I'm reporting this comment as:

Reported comments and users are reviewed by Autoblog staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week to determine whether they violate Community Guideline. Accounts are penalized for Community Guidelines violations and serious or repeated violations can lead to account termination.


    • 1 Second Ago
  • 39 Comments
      pmurray63
      • 1 Year Ago
      He "resulted to speeding"? Try "resorted."
      Rick
      • 1 Year Ago
      And he has to buy 4 new tires and rims as those were most likely damaged as well.
      devs1980
      • 1 Year Ago
      So typically American - "arrested by police at gunpoint". Why on earth do you need to arrest a speeding driver at gunpoint?
      Billy Young
      • 1 Year Ago
      The police didn't make a "mistake". The driver did for not stopping and explaining the situation. He would probably have gotten an escort had he stopped.
      waetherman
      • 1 Year Ago
      Being an expectant father is no reason to violate the law, drive recklessly, or fail to comply when an officer tries to pull you over. If his wife was in the car hemorrhaging, some of that behavior might be justifiable, but not just because he wanted to be there when the baby was born. Dude deserved to get spiked. And I say that as an expectant father myself.
      BRKF06
      • 1 Year Ago
      What a tool. Slow down, talk to the cops and carry on. Really, the birth of a kid is not that big of a deal.
      Steve
      • 1 Year Ago
      Getting to the hospital on time for the birth of your child is NO excuse for putting other people's children at risk of imminent death. The cops did the right thing, except that they should have hauled him to jail.
      Phil B
      • 1 Year Ago
      Autoblog, you guys sure love the feed the trolls, eh? Every day another story designed to incite the "f*** the police" contingent.
      bofdem
      • 1 Year Ago
      Ditto all the comments here - 'evading police' is dumb, unsafe, and he could have simply stopped and explained the situation. Hope that piece of trash with plastic wheel covers is just a stock photo, not his car.
      joe shmoe
      • 1 Year Ago
      What a dumb, selfish guy
      RobGcf
      • 1 Year Ago
      Yeah let's just ASSUME that because he was "speeding" that he was being unsafe. I call total bullshit. We're all car enthusiasts here -- we know full well that just because we're going faster than some arbitrary number on a sign, which can change with the political winds, has little to nothing to do with traffic safety. I don't care if he was swerving. That term was most likely used by either the media or the cops to make it sound worse than it was. So let's give the guy a break and focus on the fact that the cops are pricks, and while the guy should have stopped, they could actually have a heart and show some compassion instead of being bullies like they usually are.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @RobGcf
        [blocked]
      Danugye
      • 1 Year Ago
      The article didn't specify, but I'm assuming he was present when the paramedics took his wife into the ambulance (the reason why he was following the ambulance in his POV), which leads me to my comment/question: ...why didn't he just get in the ambulance?
    • Load More Comments