EXCLUSIVE: Lakewood couple en route to hospital involved in accident with Lakewood Police Captain; Couple immediately sent on their way

A Lakewood couple on their way to the hospital collided with a vehicle – driven by a Lakewood Police Captain.

After realizing the woman was pregnant and in labor, the Captain, uninjured, immediately offered to call an ambulance to take them to the hospital, but the couple declined.

So as not to delay them, the Captain immediately asked for their ID, called it in to police headquarters, and sent them on their way.

“The Captain made a judgment call based upon the circumstances that he was faced with, and he felt the health of the pregnant occupant outweighed the necessity for an immediate crash investigation,” says Lakewood Police Lieutenant LeRoy Marshall. “The Chief fully supports his decision.”

Lakewood Police Chief Greg Meyer lauded the Captain’s actions.

“The Captain made the right call by sending them on their way after getting all their information and notifying headquarters,” Police Chief Greg Meyer told TLS. “She was pregnant, damage was minor, and there were no injuries.”

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    • I don’t think anyone is saying that they are not at fault or don’t deserve a ticket if they were at fault. What people are saying is that they appreciate the LPD’s compassion in balancing the need to detain someone to give a ticket with the health risks to a mother in labor and her about to be born child.

      Not too long ago, another police department thought that the need to give a ticket outweighed the health risk. I view that police department as cruel as and not really deserving of the respect we give all law enforcement.

    • Thank you for adding negativity to this story which highlights the sensitivity of our great police department. YOU should be ticketed for being obtuse

  1. Kudos to the Police Officer ???? he did the right thing!!!!

    Shame on the Howell police officer from the previous story!!!

    Shame on the comment above (WHY) who is pushing for them to get a ticket!!!!

    The purpose of tickets is to encourage people not to drive wild etc.
    there are moments in life that people will make mistakes, caused by certain circumstances (like being under a lot of pressures… )
    a ticket won’t help in these circumstances,. So basically you are an evil person who likes to hurt people, just because!!!!

    Well I’m glad the officer behaved different than you!!!

    • Not quite. Unless a baby is imminently being born, there is no reason not to drive by car to the hospital. Doctors inform their patients of the guidelines for coming in for delivery and anticipating the travel time. A car is so much more comfortable for a yoledes to ride in! and it’s possible to spend the next 12-24 hours just awaiting the birth once admitted.

  2. thank you officer for using proper judgement especially right after being in an accident. you definitively deserved your rank.
    thank you for posting this story.

  3. LPD is absolutely second to none in community sensitivity. I read stories of police in other cities across the country not getting along with their communities and I’m thinking, they should all come to Lakewood for some sensitivity training.
    Thank you, captain, for doing the right thing.
    Thank you, Chief Meyers, for creating a culture where ur officers do the right thing, day in day out, 24/7/365.
    LPD Rocks !!

  4. We are fortunate to have such a “Menachem” in our police force. As a resident for over twenty years our police men/women are second to none. Good judgment compassionate call and I am proud of our men in blue!

  5. Much appreciate the decency of the officer and risking his superiors disapproval.

    The cause of these instances though is the situation that almost all births are almost an hour away from Lakewood. There have been attempts to rectify that and unfortunately and incredibly there isn’t a local solution for giving birth. There are so many births that if a hospital would manage to have a good situation for having new babies it would become a center for expertise in childbirth in the country due to the great number of births.

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