“LONDONDERRY, N.H. – Their son wasn’t going to wait to be born, so John Coughlin rushed his laboring wife to the hospital. He called 911 when a state trooper tried to pull their car over, and the trooper turned the chase into an escort – then issued him a speeding ticket.
Baby Kyle was born six minutes after the Coughlins arrived at the hospital in Manchester on Sept. 18. After that, Coughlin said the trooper congratulated him, then gave him a ticket for hitting 102 mph. A trial is scheduled for Monday and Coughlin is contesting the ticket.
“I didn’t realize how fast I was going until he gave me the ticket,” Coughlin, of Londonderry, said Wednesday on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” He said he didn’t want to plead guilty because “they said I could lose my license.”
Major Russell Conte said the trooper did the right thing. The speed limit on Interstate 293 was 55 mph, and he contended Coughlin put his wife, unborn child, himself and the public at risk.
When Coughlin’s wife, Angela, heard about ticket, she said she was shocked. “I thought it would get thrown out,” she said.
Kyle is the couple’s second child. They have an 11-year-old daughter.”