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Dad Busted After Rushing Child To Doctor

Wed., July 10, 1996

A father who ignored a squad car’s flashing lights as he rushed his sick baby to a doctor’s office was arrested for speeding and eluding police.

David Lemmon, a 40-year-old firefighter, said that his daughter’s temperature Monday morning had climbed to 104.7 overnight.

“She was vomiting and choking on it, and all I was thinking was that I had to get her to a doctor,” he said.

A Baltimore County police officer clocked Lemmon driving 50 mph in a 25 mph zone, police spokesman Bill Toohey said. Lemmon ran a stop sign, then refused to show his license and registration outside the doctor’s office, taking his daughter inside, police said.

Lemmon said he was escorted from the doctor’s office to the parking lot, where he gave the officer his license and registration. He then returned to the doctor’s office to comfort his daughter and was arrested.

Another police officer stayed with the children until relatives arrived. Lemmon was released after several hours.


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