SEATTLE -- A routine traffic stop in South Seattle ended with police officers helping deliver a baby in a car on the side of the road.
Around 3:45 a.m. Sunday, an officer saw a speeding car run a red light on Martin Luther King Jr. Way. When Officer Anthony Reynolds pulled the car over, the driver jumped out of the car and shouted his wife was in labor.
The officer called an ambulance, but the couple's baby was beating medics to the scene. Officers Lorissa Johnson, Nicholas Kartes, and Jason Alvord arrived just as the couple's baby girl was born.
Police say the baby gave a full-throated cry as she arrived into the world, but began struggling to breathe. With the help of the child's mother, Officer Reynolds cleared the baby's airways and got the baby breathing again.
Medics arrived shortly after and transported mother and baby to a nearby hospital. They were last reported doing well and in stable condition.
"That baby wasn't having any of it and wanted to make an early appearance, so our officers certainly earned their pay today," said Sgt. Sean Whitcomb, department spokesperson.
"You helped deliver a precious gift," the couple wrote in a thank you note to officers. "We are grateful."