Woman in labor sparks police chase

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FORT DODGE, Iowa (WHO-DT) – A speeding SUV refused to stop for police, no matter how many officers were called in to follow it.

But it turns out the couple inside had a good excuse for not pulling over.

In the passenger seat, their fourth child was coming into the world – and fast.

Rachel Kohnen woke up her husband, Ben, about 2 a.m. and said it was time to get to the hospital. Their newest bundle of joy was supposed to have been born three days prior.

“She says this is not like the other,” Ben recalled. “This is happening right now.”

They jumped into their SUV and headed for the hospital.

"I think I was screaming, 'Oh dear god, we can't have the baby in the car,'" Rachel said.

So Ben hit the gas, propelling their car to 85 mph in a 55 mph zone on Highway 7 near Manson. That’s when they passed a police officer.

"He starts following me and he turns on his lights and my wife says, 'We can't pull over. The baby is coming now,'" Ben said.

Rachel doesn’t dispute that she told her husband not to stop for the cops. Ben said he wanted to pull over but listened to his laboring wife and kept going.

When they reached the outskirts of Fort Dodge, the officer on their tail had called for backup while the couple had called 911.

But it was too late.

“They had thrown out the tire spikes,” Ben said.

Finally stopped, their tires flat, the couple emerged from the car surrounded by police.

"I was in the middle of the highway having contractions with guns pointed at me," Rachel said.

The officers yelled to Ben to get down his knees.

"I'm thinking the baby is going to be born in the street," he recalled.

When they finally figured out what was happening, the police escorted Rachel to the hospital where nearly 10-pound Hazel was born an hour later.

After all that, Rachel received a police escort to the

"She's doing really well right now," Rachel said of their newborn.

Police said no charges have been filed, but the district attorney will have the final say.

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