Mom Ticketed for Breast Feeding 1-Year-Old While Driving on State Highway
A 911 call about an infant in the driver's seat of a car speeding down busy I-5 north of Seattle Wednesday night drew a quick response by the Washington State Patrol — and a surprising traffic violation.
Trooper Rocky Oliphant caught up to the Honda Accord travelling in a northbound lane around 7 p.m. and made a "welfare check" stop in Everett, Wash., according to spokesman Trooper Mark Francis.
Only when Oliphant got to the driver's side window did he see the baby, who was being breastfeed by his mom while she was driving, cops allege.
"Her reasoning for this was the baby screams out of control when he gets hungry," Francis told the Daily News.
Trooper Oliphant said he'd never seen anything quite like it.
“It would be terrible if I didn’t stop her and made sure the child was safe,” Oliphant, a seven-year veteran of the force, told The News.
The 44-year-old mom from Mountlake Terrace admitted to the trooper this wasn't the first time she breastfed her 1-year-old son while driving and she'd been stopped before.
"I WISH I WAS KIDDING: 911 caller reports baby riding on mom's lap. When Trooper stops car, he realizes mom is breast feeding the child," Washington State Patrol tweeted.
Trooper Oliphant issued her a child restraint violation — a $136 ticket — and made sure the infant was secured in the car seat in the rear before letting the woman go. The trooper told The News he plans to notify Child Protective Services so they can follow up.
"You see people do crazy things while they're driving, like people smoking heroin," Francis told The News. "But a baby between you and the steering wheel is extremely unsafe."