Darius Hinkle was doing, arguably, what every father in his situation would when his one-year-old daughter started to choke on a penny. “First thing in my mind was getting her to the hospital,” Hinkle told Fox 2 Now.
Despite not having a valid driver’s license, he rushed her to the hospital, clocking, what police say, was 100 miles per hour.
Upon arriving at the hospital, he had a trail of police, from different agencies, behind him with their lights on. He, and his daughter’s mother, Donecia Pittman, were ordered out of their vehicle with their hands on their head. Pittman told the outlet that she was screaming their daughter was choking.
Hinkle was promptly arrested for traffic violations while staff at Touchette Regional Hospital in Centreville, Ill. treated his baby.
After the terrifying incident, Pittman went to the police station to bail Hinkle out. To her surprise, a person was ahead of her asking to bail out Darius Hinkle. As Pittman was wondering just who the woman was, she turned around and explained that she was a nurse at Touchette Regional Hospital. She and other nurses had chipped in to bail Hinkle out of jail.
Hinkle told Fox 2 Now, “I can’t thank [the nurses] enough,” for both their kindness shown towards him and for saving his little girl.
Donecia Pittman did not immediately respond to Yahoo Lifestyle’s requests for comment. Yahoo Lifestyle was not able to reach the police department for comment.
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