Nothing is scarier when a police car asks you to pull over at midnight or in the wee hours of the morning. However, that’s not always the case. Wilfrid Jean-Louis and his wife, Fabienne Gorges, who’s in labor, were stopped by deputy Robert Pounds because of speeding.
Deputy Pounds has been serving the law enforcement for 26 years already, and he didn’t have the experience of helping a pregnant woman to deliver her baby while on duty.
On the morning of October first at approximately zero 419 hours I was running stationary radar in the area of the airport pulling Road North and Tiburon Boulevard I stopped a vehicle traveling 63 miles per hour and a 40 – five mile per hour zone.
Pounds said to Today, “I laid the blanket down, and it wasn’t too long after that, I was holding a newborn baby in my hands. I guess you could say it was just my training that kicked in. The baby did most of the work, we’ll put it that way.”
It was almost 4 in the morning when the deputy pulled over a vehicle because it was going 63 mph instead of the 45-mph zone limit. The 36-year-old driver can be heard in the footage from their dash-cam, “Officer, you have the right to stop me, I’m not gonna even lie. We have a baby coming out. That’s the reason why I’m speeding.” Wilfrid has spoken to Today, “I had to scream out for help because I was in shock. I didn’t know what was going to happen.”
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Deputy Pounds initially thought the couple was faking it, but he saw the baby’s head was crowning. The deputy immediately called for backup before returning to the patrol automobile to grab a sterile blanket and latex gloves. The deputy has training for such a circumstance, but it’s only now where he has put his knowledge into test.
Deputy Pounds made Wilfrid comfortable, “I’m coming bud; hang on!” The deputy has three kids and is more than happy with this accomplishment. He said, “The baby gripped my forefinger, which made me feel good because it was a nice tight squeeze, and I knew she was going to be ok.”
The couple showed gratitude that they named their baby girl, Leila Robert Jean-Louis, to honor the deputy. Wilfrid Jean-Louis said, “It was only right. It was only fair. He was there, and he did what I wasn’t able to do.”
Pounds look remarkable poised, but he said, “Even though I looked calm, I was probably a little more scared on the inside than I appeared. But my training and my agency’s training helped me out quite a bit.”
Wilfrid has a clean driving record. He has spoken to Today, “Everybody’s afraid to get pulled over, but this time I was happy.”
The deputy wrote in his report, “Due to the nature of the circumstances, Jean-Louis was not given any citations, and he left shortly after the ambulance left with his wife and new daughter.”
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