TRAFFIC police pulled over a car on the M275 because it was driving erratically – only to find a woman giving birth in the passenger seat.
Tiffany Ellmore and her dad Colin were speeding towards Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham as the 26-year-old suddenly went into labour.
At the same time, four unmarked police cars from the roads policing unit were heading down the motorway after finishing their shift.
But when the officers spotted the car driving fast and weaving between lanes, they grew suspicious and pulled them on to the hard shoulder.
Instead of a car full of criminals, they found Colin delivering his granddaughter, Lola-Mia Read.
Tiffany, 26, from Buckland, said: ‘I never expected my baby to be born like that.
‘I called my dad and he came to pick me up but before we had left I told him I needed to push.
‘But he said I had to get to the hospital.
‘We were driving along the motorway and suddenly we saw these flashing blue lights behind us.
‘There were four unmarked police cars flashing to pull us over but my dad was worried because I told him the head was coming. But they boxed us in so we had to stop.’
Tiffany was in the car with her dad Colin, partner Steven Read, mum Elaine and seven-year-old son Ralphy.
Steven said: ‘Afterwards we found out they thought we had stolen the car because we were driving quite fast.
‘We never expected the birth to be like this. I think everyone was a bit shocked with what happened.’
As soon as they were pulled over, Colin ran around the front of the car and delivered 6lb 4oz Lola-Mia at 10.20pm on Friday.
He said: ‘I didn’t have time to think about what was happening. It never entered my mind that I was delivering a baby. It is just something you do.
‘We were going down the motorway quite quickly but when Tiffany shouted that the head was coming, I pulled over.
‘It was just in time because as soon as I got out and had run to the passenger side, the baby was there.
‘The police officer took her while I took off my shirt and Elaine took off her sweater and we wrapped her up.
‘We then waited for the ambulance to turn up.’
Both mum and baby were healthy and were taken by ambulance to the hospital where they stayed until Saturday evening.
Tiffany added: ‘The whole thing just happened so quickly.
‘My other children Ralphy, Eliza and Isabelle were born quickly but not that quickly. She was 11 days early too so I wasn’t expecting to go into labour.
‘We didn’t have time to grab any blankets or anything but it turned out okay in the end.’
Officers thought car was full of speeding criminals
WATCHING a car speeding down the motorway and weaving between lanes, roads policing officers could tell something was amiss.
But when they forced it to stop on the hard shoulder of the M275 northbound, they found the baby girl being delivered.
Sergeant Simon Goss, of the road policing unit pro-active team, said: ‘There were seven of us in unmarked police cars heading back to Netley from a shift on the Isle of Wight finding stolen cars and getting criminals. We were on the M275 and saw a car going really fast weaving from one lane to another.
‘We initially thought it was a stolen vehicle so put our lights on to flash it down. But it kept going at the high speeds.’
The team decided to box the car in after fearing it would drive through the red lights at the crossroads near the Marriot Hotel.
Sgt Goss added: ‘We boxed it in forcing it to stop and when it did the driver got out and we thought he was running off.
‘But he ran around the car to the passenger side and shouted something about a baby. When we got to the car, we saw the baby in the man’s hands. I have never experienced anything like it before.’
The officers cordoned off a lane of the M275 northbound until the ambulance arrived.