No parent wants to imagine their child being brought into the world without them.
But for Lousiana man Zak Evans, a traffic stop kept him from witnessing one of the greatest moments of his life, according to KALB News.Screenshot/KALB News
Zak and his wife Bridget Evans were about to become parents for the first time, and they were undoubtedly excited for the arrival of their bundle of joy.
That is, until things took a frightening turn.
According to KATC News, on the morning of July 17, Bridget took a trip to the bathroom and peered down to find a horrendous sight at her feet.
She had gone into early labor — seven weeks early. Both she and her husband went into a panic:
“It was the most horrific experience that any mother, especially a first-time mother, not knowing what’s going on.”
The couple rushed to the car and headed toward the nearest hospital with their hazard lights blinking.
It wasn’t long before Don Crooks, a Creola police officer, detected their speed and followed.
Police Chief Heath Landry said Crooks picked up the car racing at a speed of 108 miles per hour in a 55 miles per hour zone.
And according to the police account, the couple did not have their hazard lights on. Landry explained what took place:
“He got behind him, cut his lights and siren on. The vehicle then started passing people on the left and right shoulder.”
When the couple neared an exit and stopped, another officer pulled them over:
“My husband immediately started screaming, ‘My wife is in labor.’ And I started screaming, ‘I am in premature labor,'” Bridget said. “And we both got out when they were like, ‘Get out of the car!’”
Zak did as he was told. But even that didn’t stop him from getting taken into custody.
Officers say the combination of his speed and negligence in pulling over for the first officer warranted him a spot in the slammer.
But Zak insisted the speedometer was the last of his worries. In that moment, his wife took top priority:
“I was worried about her, about the blood going down and about my baby dying,” he said.
The pair was separated when Zak was hauled off to Rapides Parish Jail while his wife was taken to Cabrini Hospital.
As expected, Zak was livid.
Chief Landry told KALB of Zak’s enraged behavior:
“From my understanding, Mr. Evans was very irate, threatening to get everyone if he missed his wife’s pregnancy.”
Landry argued the arrest was justified, seeing as it had the potential to pose a public safety issue if Zak would have gotten into an accident on the way to the hospital.
Given the nature of the situation, however, a doctor intervened in Zak’s arrest. Upon seeing the possibility of pregnancy complications, the doctor phoned the police.
Rather than jail time, Zak received citations for speeding, flight from an officer, and careless operation. The officer released him in Cabrini Hospital’s parking lot.
That’s when the father-to-be got the gut-wrenching news.
The baby had already been born. And he missed it:
“That’s the only thing I was aiming for,” Zak said.
Bridget told KATC she hated the way everything transpired:
“I literally had to experience bringing my baby into this world without her father.”
Bridget’s sister, Sheena Messina Troquille, retold the distressing events in a post on Facebook:
The couple was devastated, but chose not to let the mood stay sour for long.
The baby, Lettya Evans, was alive and doing well at four pounds and four ounces. They are grateful she is alive.Screenshot/KALB News
But the reality of the ordeal still stings. Bridget said:
“They wouldn’t give us that chance to be able to experience something that we’ll never get back.”
Dearly reached out for comment from the Creola Police Department but did not immediately hear back.