POLICE WHO chased a car travelling at up to 100mph got a shock when they eventually stopped it and the driver jumped out shouting that his daughter was inside the vehicle having a baby.
By the time police got to the stationary car the woman, Tiffany Ellmore, 26, had given birth to a girl.
The expectant mother had been suffering pains during the day and at 9.55pm realised she had to go to hospital. Her father, Colin Ellmore, rushed to her home in Fareham, Hampshire to drive her to the Queen Alexandra hospital in Cosham.
However, what began as a less than routine journey quickly turned into a nightmare dash when Tiffany’s waters broke and her grandfather put his foot down on the M275.
Police were quickly onto the speeding car, which at times was travelling at 100mph. The seven officers in four unmarked cars boxed it in, eventually forcing it to stop.
“As the car was moving, my waters went, then the police pulled us over and my dad came round and opened the door,” said Tiffany. “I knew she wasn’t going to wait and then suddenly her head started to appear. The whole thing was quite scary.”
Sergeant Simon Goss of the road policing unit pro-active team, said his officers believed the car was stolen because it was being driven so fast.
“We boxed it in and forced it to stop and when it did, the driver got out and we thought he was running off. But he ran around the car to the passenger side and shouted something about a baby. When we got to the car we saw the baby in the man’s hands. I have never experienced anything like it before.”
An ambulance arrived shortly after to take Tiffany and her new baby to hospital.
The story has two happy endings. Mother and baby, who has been named Lola-Mia, are doing well, and the police have decided to ignore granddad’s speeding offence.
Some less impressive speeding excuses
- One lady stopped travelling at 44 mph in a 30mph zone in Weymouth, Dorset said that she was just keeping up with the flow of traffic. She changed her defence when the officer pointed out that hers was the only car on the road.
- Surrey police reported a driver saying, “Sorry I was speeding, but my missus ran away with a police officer the other week and I thought you were bringing her back.”
- One motorist told Sussex police that he was weaving in and out of traffic at 103mph along the A27 because he was dyslexic and couldn’t read his speedometer.
- One driver told London’s Met police he was rushing to be at his dying father’s bedside. The police followed him home and discovered his father was in the best of health.