A group of nurses has come to the rescue of a father after police locked him up for driving over the speed limit as he tried to rush his daughter to the emergency room. Because he was driving to the hospital, the father needed to get there quickly and violated a few traffic laws along the way. However, the Centerville, Illinois police had no sympathy for the father, who is African American, and locked him up once they caught up with him at the hospital.
Thankfully, a group of nurses came to the jail to help father Darius Hinkle after the police wrongfully arrested him. The nurses put their money together and bailed Hinkle out of jail after he was arrested for breaking traffic laws as he rushed his sick 1-year-old daughter to the emergency room.
Hinkle does not have a valid driver’s license and admitted as much as he sped toward the hospital on Thursday. But with his daughter in a precarious situation, he needed to break the laws of the road in order to get her the care she needed. Because she was choking on a penny, he needed to get her emergency help before she died from the accident.
Although Hinkle normally would not drive because of his invalid license, he had no choice as soon as he realized his daughter was choking on the penny.
“The first thing in my mind was to get her to the hospital,” he said.
When he finally made it to the hospital, a throng of police officers from different agencies was tailing him and were ready to draw their weapons.
“I got out, put my hands up and I yelled, and I told the police, ‘My baby is choking.’ And I told them multiple times that she was choking,” Pittman said. “They were just worried about the fact that we were speeding.”
As soon as he checked his daughter into the emergency room, police officers handcuffed him and removed him. Thankfully, the 1-year-old girl’s mother arrived at the jail and saw another woman was already there to bond Hinkle out. It was the nurse from the hospital.
The mother of the child is Donecia Pittman, and she remembered when she saw the nurse at the jail looking to help Hinkle after he was wrongfully arrested.
“She said, ‘I’m the nurse from Touchette hospital,’” Pittman said.
It was a touching testament to the treatment of their patients that the nurses at the hospital would use their own money to bail the concerned father out of jail. Because he was arrested for trying to save the life of his 1-year-old daughter, the nurses saw that he deserved another chance. He was only breaking the rules of the road because he had to. If he did not drive faster than the speed limit and break through the red lights, his daughter might have choked on the penny and died – then he would never have been able to live with himself.
What do you think about how this man was treated?