Speeding Iowa dad ignores police with baby coming
IOWA CITY, Iowa
An Iowa man who was pulled over for speeding as he rushed his pregnant wife to the hospital said he was determined to keep going despite the police lights flashing behind him.
Tyler Rathjen planned to keep going as his wife, Ashley, began giving birth to their son in the passenger seat. But a red light with heavy traffic finally forced him to stop.
“I should not stop, I’m not going to, I’m going to get to the hospital,” Tyler Rathjen recalled thinking in an interview with Cedar Rapids TV station KCRG.
The baby’s head and arms already were out by the time Iowa City Officer Kevin Wolfe reached the passenger door.
“We were all having a different experience,” Wolfe said.
Ashley Rathjen gave birth to her third son, Owen, just blocks from Mercy Iowa City hospital March 10.
“I kept saying: there’s no break [in contractions]; there’s no break,” she said. “He was coming at that time.”
Wolfe helped with the final steps of delivery and then escorted the Williamsburg family to the hospital. His dashboard camera captured the episode.
Owen now is home with his parents and two brothers.
Ashley Rathjen said her newborn son probably will retell the story for years to come.
Aland Islands brewery to make ‘shipwreck beer’
Authorities on the Aland Islands in the Baltic Sea say a local brewer will begin producing a beer inspired by bottles found in a 19th-century shipwreck three years ago.
Five bottles of beer, along with 168 bottles of champagne, were pulled from a submerged schooner that experts think sank in the 1840s.
Aland authorities say Finnish scientists studied the beer and devised a formula for a re-creation that the local Stallhagen brewery will produce.
Production of the “shipwreck beer” is expected to start in mid-2014.
Riders report N.J. bus filled with roaches
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J.
Riders on a New York City-bound bus from New Jersey are reporting an invasion of cockroaches.
A passenger on a Manhattan-bound bus from Atlantic City tells WABC-TV that roaches started coming out of the vents inside the bus just 15 minutes into their Friday afternoon journey.
The passenger reports roaches could be seen crawling on seats, windows, side panels and even on people.
Greyhound said the 48 passengers on board were moved to a new bus, and the bus they had been riding is being examined to determine where the bugs came from.