A police officer drove a pregnant woman to hospital in her uninsured car after her waters broke – then seized her vehicle and reported her for the driving offence.
The officer and a colleague had stopped the woman driving the car yesterday morning after the Automatic Number Plate Recognition technology (ANPR) revealed she had no insurance.
When the officers, of the Leicestershire Police’s Road Policing Unit, stopped the driver she told them she was taking herself to hospital because her waters had broken.
Due to the exceptional circumstances, one officer drove the woman’s car to the Leicester Royal Infirmary with her in the passenger seat.
The other officer colleague drove the police car, Leicester Mercury reports.
The officers took a photograph of the woman’s Citroen car, parked up at the hospital, and posted it on social media to tell of their experience.
They also posted a picture of their car parked outside the Kensington Building which houses the maternity ward.
The post, on the official Leicestershire Road Policing Unit, said: “Car activates #ANPR for no insurance. Stop car, female informs us her waters have broken.
“Due to exceptional circs, we drove the car to hospital. It transpires insurance was cancelled in March & car has been used daily since. Once safely at hospital female reported & car seized.”
A Leicestershire Police spokeswoman said: “The officers stopped the car as it came up on the ANPR system as not being covered by insurance.
“Due to the unusual circumstances a police officer drover her car to the hospital while the other officer drove the police car. We do not know if she had her baby.
“We hope all is well.”