Posted Thursday, March 21, 2013 --- 12:45 p.m.
Incident Report from the Madison Police Department:
Incident Type: Traffic Incident
Incident Date: 02/17/2013 - 10:45 PM
Address: 2600 block Highway 12
Arrested: Male, age 22
Driver was cited for Speeding and Obstructing on March 13th.
Details: The young driver was very apologetic, telling the officer his sister was about to give birth, and that becoming an uncle was all he could think about. In fact, he was "so excited" he could only "picture the baby, not his driving." He was animated as he spoke to the officer, stating he needed to "get to the hospital now." St. Mary's, he said, was where he was headed the night he was pulled over, February 17th. He admitted to speeding on the West Beltline Highway, but could not wager a guess as to what level his speedometer climbed as he put the pedal down.
"I explained that I had been pacing him at approximately 100 mph, and to catch up to him I had to travel at approximately 110 mph," wrote the officer in his report. The officer explained that he was concerned for the driver's safety. He was concerned for the safety of the male passenger in the car. He was concerned for the safety of the general public. However, the officer told the anxious driver that since he was on the way to the hospital for the birth of a nephew or niece, he would give him a warning – for now.
But, the officer also advised that if he determined the 22-year old was lying, he would make sure he received not only a speeding citation, but a second for not being truthful; known in the police vernacular as obstructing. The Madison resident assured he was being honest and thanked the officer for his kindness.
Both headed inbound on John Nolen Drive. The officer figured he would see the driver turn off and head toward St. Mary's, but it never happened. Later, the officer checked with St. Mary's and could find no record of a baby being born in the time frame of the traffic stop, and learned there were no "imminent births expected" in the time period after the contact.
Later, the officer checked in with the driver's probation agent, and told her about the situation. On March 5th, the officer heard back from the probation agent. She said during a visit with her client, he admitted to making up the story about the birth, and that he told her the real reason he was speeding was because of an argument with a friend, and that he "was rushing to his grandfather's grave"
On March 13th, the officer went to the driver's home and - as promised - delivered citations.