The Fullerton Police Department building. Courtesy of the department
The Fullerton Police Department building. Courtesy of the department

When Brad Sanchez left his home in La Habra with his heavily expectant wife, he may have anticipated an uneventful drive to St. Jude Medical Center in Fullerton, but the kid had other ideas.

The contractions soon became more frequent. The boy couldn’t wait.

Sanchez pulled over near the intersection of West Bastenchury Road and North Euclid Street, about six blocks from the hospital, and at 11:53 p.m. Tuesday night, the Fullerton Police Department took a call reporting a childbirth in progress.

Police officers beat the firefighters to the scene, said Fullerton Police Sgt. Jeff Stuart, but the baby beat them all.

“The baby was in the process of being born, and they instructed the father,” Stuart said.

Sanchez had neglected to pack a camera for the trip. But an officer used his phone to capture a picture of mom, dad and baby, along with a Fullerton Fire Department ambulance gurney, said Stuart, adding that another officer drove the family’s compact to the hospital.

Mother and baby both appear to be healthy, Stuart said Wednesday morning.

—City News Service

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