LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Authorities say two Los Angeles police officers helped escort a woman in labor to the hospital after conducting a traffic stop on a speeding vehicle.

Around 5 a.m. Sunday, LAPD officers Maraea Toomalatai and Brian Armendariz were patrolling Adams Boulevard and Grand Avenue when they observed a vehicle that was speeding northbound.

Police said they followed the car, conducted a traffic stop, and met two frantic occupants, one of which was about to give birth.

Sasha Murphy says she thought she was having temporary contractions so she waited too long to leave for the hospital.

The officers told the father to follow them and escorted the pair to Dignity Health California Medical Center on South Hope Street in Los Angeles.

As they raced there, Murphy could tell the baby was coming.

“I hope I make it. I hope I make it. I’m gonna make it but then I felt, I felt that it was something coming out and I have to catch it,” she said.

Police said Murphy gave birth to a healthy baby boy.

“The officers’ quick thinking, compassion, reasoning, and loving character, reflected positively in our community,” the LAPD said in a news release.


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