EDMOND — Kingsly Vickers Johnson was in a hurry to get here. His parents were only halfway to the hospital on Tuesday when the time came for his arrival.
Police detectives Jimmy Gwartney and Michael Chesley stopped the car after being alarmed by the flashing lights and honking horn. Before they knew it they were delivering a baby boy.
“My wife put her legs on the dash and I knew I had to pull over,” said Colin Johnson, now the father of five children. “The last three went relatively quick.”
Dalisha Johnson wasn't expecting Kingsly until Dec. 13, when she was scheduled to have her labor induced.
The detectives had just left an interview and were near 15th Street and Kelly Park Road when they stopped the Johnsons' car, Gwartney said.
“He said his wife was in labor,” Gwartney said. “It was obvious.”
The detectives got permission from their supervisor to escort the couple to the hospital.
“We got about a mile down the road and he stopped,” Gwartney said. “We went into doctor mode.”
Neither of the officers had ever delivered a baby. They had been in the delivery room when their own children were born, but this was different.
“We delivered him. He cried and we put him on his mother and wrapped him in a coat,” Gwartney said.
All the other Johnson children were born at a hospital.
“He was relieved when he found out the baby and mom was good,” Gwartney said.
Mother and son were at the hospital Tuesday afternoon.
“They are healthy and great,” the father said.
Gwartney and Chesley weren't doing so well. Their fellow officers gave them a hard time throughout the day, calling for doctors Gwartney and Chesley over the intercom at police headquarters.
All in a day's work.