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New Year's Baby Born On Freeway After High-Speed Chase

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A South Carolina woman had a baby in her car on New Year's Day following a high-speed chase with police.

Parents Tiffani Von Glahn and Carl Alewine had just finished ringing in the New Year at home when Von Glahn suddenly went into labor, reports the Daily Mail.

Although the baby wasn't due for another three and a half weeks, the engaged couple immediately got in the car and headed toward the Medical University of South Carolina in downtown Charleston, nearly an hour away.

"He was going about 90-95 mph and a police officer came up behind us to pull us over," Von Glahn told WISH-TV.

"I was told she was a high risk pregnancy and the way she was sitting at the time, she would've gotten stuck and I would've had to have a C-section. So I was thinking there was no way I could have her naturally."

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So when they noticed the police car, she told Alewine to just keep on speeding to the hospital when he asked if she wanted him to stop because she "felt her coming."

At that point, the officer following them called for backup and before long, there were more units in hot pursuit.

"I look back and there's like 20 police cars, and they had the exits blocked off and everything," Von Glahn explained. "Eventually it got to where they had to box us in to stop us."

When the speeding car was finally pulled over, officers placed Alewine in handcuffs while they assessed the unusual situation, she said, "just for safety reasons." She said the police told her there are folks in the world who will fake having a pregnant wife so they can speed and break other traffic laws. 

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Once they realized that Von Glahn was in labor and was about to give birth, they prepared for the emergency arrival of the baby.

Taking the place of a doctor, firefighter Neal Arrington delivered the baby right there in the middle of the interstate on the hood of the car. 

"I asked the mom how many weeks she was, sat there and told her I need to take a peek, saw a head full of hair and then caught it," Arrington told WCSC. 

Newborn Anastasia weighted a healthy 6 pounds 2 ounces.

Alewine, who watched the delivery while handcuffed, said it was a moment he would never forget. He posted his thoughts about it on Facebook:

I've seen a lot of things in my life you guys ... but watching my daughter be born on a New Years midnight in the middle of the interstate through tear soaked eyes, in handcuffs, from the hood of my jeep, in the reverie of 100 blue patrol lights as fireworks burst all around us ... And seeing so many of the low country's finest clap as they took the handcuffs off ... I've never seen or felt something so human and compassionate in my life.

Von Glahn and Anastasia are reportedly doing well.

Sources: Daily Mail, WISH-TV / Featured Image: Pixabay / Embedded Images: Facebook via Daily Mail

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