NH man to fight speeding ticket on way to hospital

January 4, 2011

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LONDONDERRY, N.H.—A New Hampshire man says he's going to fight a speeding ticket he received after rushing his wife to the hospital when she was in labor.

State Police say John Coughlin hit a speed of 102 mph on Interstate 293 on Sept. 18 as he rushed to Catholic Medical Center in Manchester with his wife Angela. Coughlin is due in court Thursday.

The Coughlins called 911 after a trooper tried to stop them and said the baby was about to be born. The trooper turned the pursuit into an escort to the hospital.

WMUR-TV says baby Kyle was born six minutes after the Coughlins reached the hospital.

John Coughlin says the trooper congratulated him on the birth of his son and then gave him a ticket.


Information from: WMUR-TV,