A parent would do anything within their power to ensure their child’s safety — even if that means breaking the law. One father found himself in that very predicament after he realized his young daughter was choking and could not breathe. Knowing his daughter had precious little time left, the man hopped in his wife’s car and drove to the hospital.
Darius Hinkle, who lives in Illinois, was home alone with his one-year-old daughter when the incident occurred. He wouldn’t find out until later that she was choking on a penny she had swallowed. Hinkle was concerned for his daughter and opted not to wait for an ambulance.
He hopped in the car and began driving towards the hospital where he reportedly exceeded 100 miles per hour. As he frantically flew down the road, he must have caught the attention of the Centreville Police Department because, before he knew it, there were multiple cops on his bumper.
Hinkle didn’t specify if he saw the officers behind him, but it should come as no surprise to anyone that he didn’t stop. “The first thing in my mind was to get her to the hospital,” he told FOX2. When he arrived at the hospital, he was subsequently arrested for not having a valid driver’s license.
Darius’ wife, Donecia Pittman, was called at work by officers and the hospital to explain what had happened. According to the Daily Mail, Donecia went to the hospital first to check on her young daughter before heading to the county jail to bail out her husband.
Donecia was floored when she got to the jail as she learned someone else had already paid for her husband’s bond — the nurses at the hospital who pooled their money after seeing what had happened.
“I can’t thank them enough,” Hinkle said. None of the nurses’ names has been released as of this posting. Since the arrest, Hinkle and the community have expressed outrage with law enforcement as this was an obvious emergency situation.
“How could saving somebody life (my daughter at that) [be] worth going to jail over?” Hinkle wrote on Facebook. Hinkle claimed that one of the arresting officers even told him he would have done the same thing if he was in his shoes.
It’s unclear if the charges will be dropped.