SOLEDAD (CBS SF) — A California Highway Patrol officer helped deliver a baby Thursday along U.S. Highway 101 south of Soledad, agency officials said.
The officer was working construction detail on the freeway south of Arroyo Seco Road, where he was driving a marked patrol car and saw a white pickup truck closely following him, CHP officials said.
The truck driver continued to trail the patrol car and at one point turned on their headlights to high beam, according to the CHP.
Around the same time, dispatchers alerted officers to a medical emergency involving a vehicle following a CHP unit on Highway 101, CHP officials said.
When the officer realized the call referred to the car behind him, he exited at the Arroyo Seco Road off-ramp, according to the CHP.
The officer took out an EMT bag and contacted the pickup truck driver, whose wife was pregnant and in labor, CHP officials said.
The officer took down the woman’s medical history and saw the birth was fast approaching, according to the CHP.
Using his training, the officer delivered a healthy baby girl at 10:47 p.m., CHP officials said.
The officer monitored the mother and infant until an ambulance reached the scene and transported them to Natividad Medical Center in Salinas for evaluation, according to the CHP.
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