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When she went into labor at 4 in the morning on May 13, Rachel Rodger and her husband Jason rushed to the hospital. Because it was her second child, she had been warned that it could be a quick delivery.
But on the way, the couple was stopped TWICE by police in Scone, U.K.
The first time, they were halted at a police roadblock for an inquiry regarding a recent break in and cigarette theft at a nearby grocery store. Rachel told the Daily Record, "I was in the passenger seat when the first officer pulled us over. I was screaming in pain and it must have been obvious to anyone that I was in labour."
The officers wouldn't let them pass until all questions had been answered. Jason insisted that they be let through and informed the officers that the baby was close.
When they were stopped at a second roadblock, they were permitted to pass without further questioning - but at that point, Rachel was in the final stages of labor.
They pulled into the hospital parking lot and Jason ran to find a midwife, but the baby was ready to come. "My legs gave way. I was on my knees on the tarmac and the baby's head came," Rachel said.
After she delivered the baby - a boy - on her own, the midwife arrived and was able to help. "They had to cut the cord in the dark. I was very frightened," says Rachel.
Her mother wrote an angry letter to the Tayside Police, and received the following written apology:
"It is a matter of great regret that our actions, intended to affect the arrest of those responsible for a break-in to a premises in Scone, resulted in a delay in your daughter getting to Perth Royal Infirmary. I offer my apologies if the delay in being stopped at the road block impacted on subsequent events and for any anxiety or distress caused to your daughter."