Man ticketed in gridlock while wife in labor

December 5, 2008 7:52:05 AM PST
A man in Massachusetts is appealing a $100 ticket he got for driving to a hospital in the breakdown lane of a gridlocked Boston highway while his wife was in labor. [SIGN UP: Get headlines and breaking news sent to you]

John Davis of Dracut says his wife Jennifer's contractions were three minutes apart on Nov. 18 when a state trooper pulled them over for using the breakdown lane.

The couple says the trooper made them wait five to 10 minutes while he wrote a ticket for another car on Route 2, asked to see Jennifer's belly to prove her pregnancy, then issued them a ticket.

The couple made it to Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge. Their daughter was born five hours later.

State police say no discipline is likely for the trooper.

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