I-695, via Wikimedia Commons user Mlaurenti
I-695, via Wikimedia Commons user Mlaurenti

A newborn baby wasn’t about to wait out a ride on the Baltimore’s beltway before arriving on Thursday night. So it fell to a state trooper to deliver.

Around 10:45 p.m., a man jumped out of his car at a construction site on I-695 and flagged down two troopers. He told police his wife was having intense labor pains.

The troopers called 911, but the mother’s labor pains were only becoming worse. Realizing that EMS wouldn’t get there in time, Trooper Zachary Mills stepped up to delivery the baby. One push later, the child was in his arms. He was wrapped in towels, and placed on the mother’s stomach.

EMS arrived five minutes later and took the family to the hospital.

Stephen Babcock is the editor of Technical.ly Baltimore and an editor-at-large of Baltimore Fishbowl.