in other news, spurred in part by the fatal crash of a Reston teen on a mini bike earlier this year, and in part for their need to interfere with people’s lives, Fairfax County Police are undergoing safety and law enforcement training about two-wheeled motorized vehicles
By Francesca Chambers
Police prevented a pregnant woman in labor from crossing the street to get to a nearby hospital yesterday in L.A. because President Barack Obama's motorcade was on the way.
A Twitter user documented the unidentified woman sitting on a bus bench for roughly half an hour, waiting for the president and his entourage to pass through, as she was attended to by another woman in scrubs.
KNBC reporter Robert Kovacik rushed to a scene.
Kovacik talked to a police officer who told him that the LAPD would allow the woman to go to the hospital 'as soon as we can.'
'It looks like the motorcade is coming through right about now, so we’ll be able to open it up for traffic,' he said. 'The first thing we’ll try to get through will be an ambulance.'
An LAPD spokesman confirmed the story to MailOnline on Thursday but said the police did not know the woman was in labor when she first asked to cross the street.
'She didn't tell them she was in labor and gave no indication of urgency,' he said.
'She waited a while before her husband asked how much longer it would be before they could cross. He still did not say she was in labor, just that she needed to go to the hospital.
'Officers requested an ambulance, but a nurse happened to be there so she chatted to her. In the meantime the motorcade passed and she was able to make it over the road to the hospital before the ambulance even arrived.
The police department spokesman said the woman later gave birth from the comfort of the hospital.'She had her baby and did not give birth on the street or anything like that.'