A man rushing his pregnant wife to the hospital missed the birth of his child after being arrested in Rapides Parish. Creola Police Chief Heath Landry says one of his officers clocked a vehicle doing 108 in a 55 mph speed zone. He says the officer witnessed more dangerous driving as he attempted to pull over Zak Evans.
“As he was catching up to the vehicle, he observed the vehicle passing people on the left and right shoulder, running people off the road,” Landry said.
Landry says the officer radioed ahead to Pineville, where officers set up a road block because Evans would not stop. He says when officers finally pulled over Evans and got him out of the vehicle, he was livid.
“The guy was very irate, screaming, yelling, and they put him in the back of the police car in handcuffs after they Mirandized him. He’s still kicking, yelling at the glass,” Landry said.
An ambulance took Evans’ wife Bridget to a local hospital where she gave birth, and Evans was arrested on charges of flight from an officer and careless operation, as well as ticketed for speeding.
Evans told KALB-TV that he didn’t have time to look at the speedometer because he was worried about his wife and baby.
Landry says they understand it was an emergency, but there was still a safety concern.
“At that rate of speed driving like that, you’re not going to make it to the hospital, and you may end up injuring someone else or yourself and your unborn child and wife,” Landry said.