Illinois Dad Blasts Through Traffic at 100 mph to get Daughter to Hospital, Garners Multiple Agency Response, Ends Up Arrested
Centerville, Illinois – Darius Hinkle had a 1 year old daughter who was choking on a penny. He drove at speeds hovering at 100 mph, violating numerous traffic laws in order to get her to the hospital. But the act of doing it drew a cluster of police agencies who had no idea why he was ignoring them and driving at high speed through traffic.
“The first thing in my mind was to get her to the hospital.” Darius Hinkle
By the time he and his family arrived at Touchette Regional Hospital in Centreville, Ill, he was surrounded by police, who took him into custody. Emergency personnel collected his daughter for treatment, according to KTVI.
A group of nurses from the hospital who treated their daughter gathered money to bail him out. The child’s mother, Donecia Pittman, said she was exceedingly grateful for their help.
Hinkle admitted he does not have a valid driver’s license. He blasted police for arresting him in a Facebook post that read:
“How could saving somebody life (my daughter at that) is worth going to jail over? 🤔 if you had or got kids you would’ve did the same thing… at least that’s what he told me when I got took to jail lol How could I be wrong for doing something that you said you would do too if it was yo kids wtf? 😂 that sound crazy ! & then My child in my arms & we get guns put to our head & shit like we just killed a mf or sum 🤡🤡🤡 somebody tell me where I went wrong ‼️” Darius Hinkle
There are sometimes situations where waiting for an ambulance isn’t practical due to the response time. Calling ahead might have gotten him an escort instead of an entourage, maybe. Choking can happen and be fatal in a very short amount of time. But…
Sometimes driving like that can get not only the patient killed, but everyone in the vehicle. Just a few months ago in our area, a woman tried to get her husband to the hospital and got herself, her son, and her husband killed by blasting through traffic at a high rate of speed. She was only about a mile from the hospital when it happened.
It can even happen in an ambulance when people fail to yield to the emergency vehicle.
A few years ago, I had to get my husband to the hospital in the middle of a snowstorm when he had a heart attack. But I drove steadily, carefully, praying I’d make it in time. The ambulance was over 20 minutes out. The hospital was less than 10 minutes away. We made it in the nick of time. It was the second time I had to take him in an emergency situation because the ambulance was tied up on another run. So things can happen.
An ambulance is always the best option unless they can’t get to you in time. They can start treatment on site when you cannot. When police have no idea why you’re driving like a maniac, you are likely to get in big trouble. Mr Hinkle is facing numerous traffic violations, probably at least some of them will be dismissed.
Featured photo: KTVI screenshot of Darius Hinkle and his daughter