Man who helped deliver baby after police chase reunites with fam - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Man who helped deliver baby after police chase reunites with family

The firefighter who helped a family deliver a baby early on New Year's Day reunited Tuesday afternoon. (Source: Live 5) The firefighter who helped a family deliver a baby early on New Year's Day reunited Tuesday afternoon. (Source: Live 5)
CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) -

Nearly 40 hours after a dramatic law enforcement pursuit early New Years Day morning, which ended with a baby girl born in the middle of Interstate 26, the new parents and the man who delivered the baby were reunited Tuesday.

Shortly after the ball dropped in Times Square, Carl Alewine and his fiancé, Tiffani, jumped in their Jeep and took off to MUSC for the arrival of their little girl.

Carl said Tiffani unexpectedly went into labor 3.5 weeks early.

"Awww, she's a little bit cleaner this time,” said Neal Arrington, the man who helped deliver the baby.

Arrington reunited with the Alewine’s, and little Anastasia in their hospital room at MUSC Tuesday afternoon.

"It was nice having someone there though because I was terrified,” Tiffani said.

“Yeah, you were probably a bit more concerned about him though," Arrington said.

That's because when Tiffani and Carl jumped in their car and sped down I-26, they picked up a few blue lights along the way.

"We got to where the interstate kind of starts turning and I saw one, two, three, four, five, six,” Carl said. “I said oh my god babe we've got all the cops in the world after us right now."

"He has indicated that he sees the officers behind him, so he may be going to something or responding to a family emergency or something," an officer said via radio Monday morning, which was captured on video by Arrington.

Eventually Carl did pull over near the Cosgrove Avenue exit on I-26, where he was handcuffed by authorities while they figured out what was going on.

"It's looking like a lady may be going into labor or something in this car... yeah she's going into labor,” audio transmission state.

That's where Arrington, a firefighter with the Goose Creek Fire Department, came in to assist.

"I asked the mom how many weeks she was, sat there and told her I needed to take a peek, saw a head full of hair and then caught it," he said.

Arrington said the interaction wasn't more than three minutes long, but it was something the Alewine's wanted to officially say thank you for.

"If you weren't there, what could have happened?” Carl said.

“Especially with it being my first time giving birth, I didn't plan to have a natural birth," Tiffani added.

This wasn't Arrington's first time delivering a baby either. He helped a boy on the interstate nearly 20 years ago.

"I got to deliver a boy and a girl so I'm happy," he said.

Arrington was riding along with his son, a deputy with the Charleston County Sheriff's Office New years Eve.

The family hopes to be discharged from the hospital Wednesday, but because Anastasia was born several weeks early the family could remain in the hospital a bit longer.

Copyright 2018 WCSC. All rights reserved.

  • Local News on KCBD.comNewsMore>>

  • Laughter, tears as former first lady Barbara Bush remembered

    Laughter, tears as former first lady Barbara Bush remembered

    Saturday, April 21 2018 12:04 AM EDT2018-04-21 04:04:04 GMT
    Sunday, April 22 2018 4:47 AM EDT2018-04-22 08:47:05 GMT
    (AP Photo/Evan Vucci). Mourners pause as former U.S. first lady Barbara Bush lies in repose during the visitation of former first lady Barbara Bush at St. Martin's Episcopal Church, Friday, April 20, 2018, in Houston.(AP Photo/Evan Vucci). Mourners pause as former U.S. first lady Barbara Bush lies in repose during the visitation of former first lady Barbara Bush at St. Martin's Episcopal Church, Friday, April 20, 2018, in Houston.

    As the outpouring of tributes continues for Barbara Bush, the general public can pay its respects to the former first lady.

    As the outpouring of tributes continues for Barbara Bush, the general public can pay its respects to the former first lady.

  • Road to N. Korea's denuclearization is littered with failure

    Road to N. Korea's denuclearization is littered with failure

    Saturday, April 21 2018 9:44 PM EDT2018-04-22 01:44:28 GMT
    Sunday, April 22 2018 4:46 AM EDT2018-04-22 08:46:46 GMT
    (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, Pool, File). FILE - In this Feb. 9, 2018 file photo, Kim Yo Jong, left, sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, shakes hands with South Korean President Moon Jae-in at the opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics in P...(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, Pool, File). FILE - In this Feb. 9, 2018 file photo, Kim Yo Jong, left, sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, shakes hands with South Korean President Moon Jae-in at the opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics in P...

    A look at previous nuclear negotiations with North Korea and how the currently planned talks between Seoul, Pyongyang and Washington took shape.

    A look at previous nuclear negotiations with North Korea and how the currently planned talks between Seoul, Pyongyang and Washington took shape.

  • World's oldest person dies in Japan at age of 117

    World's oldest person dies in Japan at age of 117

    Saturday, April 21 2018 8:34 PM EDT2018-04-22 00:34:25 GMT
    Sunday, April 22 2018 4:46 AM EDT2018-04-22 08:46:21 GMT

    The world's oldest person has died in southern Japan at the age of 117.

    The world's oldest person has died in southern Japan at the age of 117.

Powered by Frankly