A police chase through Melbourne streets early Wednesday ended with the driver escaping a failure-to-stop charge because his wife was giving birth in the back seat.

The pursuit ended at the emergency bay of Dandenong Hospital with officers hearing the cries of a newborn.

The motorist, flagged down for a random police check, kept going despite being tailed by a police car with its lights flashing and siren blaring.

Because the driver did not break the speed limit or any other road rules no charges were pressed.

“It was definitely an unexpected bundle of joy,” Sargeant Steve Ashley told the Herald Sun newspaper. “It’s not something you go out on the road and prepare for.” Shane Butler, a hospital spokesman, said he could not disclose whether the baby was a boy or a girl. DPA


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