Man Arrested After Multi-Agency 100+ MPH Pursuit While Driving Child To Hospital

Darius Hinkle said he was arrested after speeding in excess of 100 miles per hour.

Centreville, IL – An Illinois father said he blasted down the roadway at speeds exceeding 100 miles per hour while police pursued him, as he rushed to get his choking toddler to the hospital on Thursday.

By the time Darius Hinkle and Donecia Pittman reached Touchette Regional Hospital with their one-year-old daughter, he had collected a slew of police officers who had been pursuing them for miles with their lights activated and sirens blaring, KTVI reported.

Hinkle admitted that he does not have a driver’s license and ignored the police, but said his only focus was getting help for his daughter, who was choking on a penny.

“The first thing in my mind was to get her to the hospital,” Hinkle said. “That’s my daughter. I wouldn’t want nothing to happen to her.”

When they pulled in at the hospital, they were surrounded by officers from multiple jurisdictions who didn't know why the suspect was fleeing from them.

Police then ordered the couple to exit the vehicle with their hands up, Pittman told KTVI.

“I got out and I put my hands up and I yelled and I told the police, ‘My baby is choking!’” she said. “They was just worried about that fact that we were speeding.”

While the toddler was being treated by hospital staff, Hinkle was placed under arrest and hauled off to jail.

Doctors ultimately determined that the little girl would be fine.

When Pittman finished at the hospital and went to go bail Hinkle out of jail, she ran into another woman who was trying to do the same.

“I didn’t know who it was,” she told KTVI. “She said, ‘I’m the nurse from Touchette Hospital.’”

Pittman then learned that a group of nurses who treated her daughter had pooled their money to post Hinkle’s bail.

“I can’t even thank them enough,” Hinkle said.

Hinkle later blasted the officers who arrested him in a Facebook post.

“How could saving somebody life [my daughter at that] is worth going to jail over?” he railed in the post. “If you had or got kids you would’ve did the same thing...at least that’s what he told me when I got took to jail.”

“How could I be wrong for doing something that you said you would do too if it was yo kids wtf? That sound crazy!” Hinkle wrote. “My child in my arms & we get guns put to our head & shit like we just killed a mf or sum…somebody tell me where I went wrong!!”

“That s--t bogus as a mf doe gee,” Hinkle noted.

His supporters assured him that he did the right thing, and that the charges against him would be dismissed because he was “not guilty.”

Others urged him to try to get the officers who arrested him fired.

Do you think that Hinkle's driving was appropriate, or should he have called an ambulance? We'd like to hear what you think. Please let us know in the comments.

Comments (109)
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AnnykaV
AnnykaV

Oh, hell no. First, officers have no idea where you're trying to g. You're not only endangering your life and the life of the child you're trying to get help for, but the officers and every other driver out there.

You stop, and hey, maybe the officer knows how to do the Heimlich maneuver, or they may load the kid up and go lights/sirens to the hospital much more SAFELY than you are.

Finally, if you're driving through as many miles as is required to go through multiple agencies jurisdiction, you should have just called 911 in the first place, and your local fire department would have been there in much less time, and the ambulance shortly thereafter.

You're an idiot.

jinx73
jinx73

he was wrong,he could have killed those in his car and others,100+ mph,insane.

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

“How could I be wrong for doing something that you said you would do too if it was yo kids wtf? That sound crazy!” Hinkle wrote. “My child in my arms & we get guns put to our head & shit like we just killed a mf or sum…..........somebody tell me where I went wrong!!”

Well for starters your spelling, grammar and Ebonics...... 100+ mph and someone has to explain his ludicrous logic back to him?

HardAssets
HardAssets

Could someone please re-babble what that idiot said into to English. I have no clue what he said.

LetGodSortItOut
LetGodSortItOut

The public wont see it that way. . Criminal charges will be nolle prossed. Paving the way for................a lawsuit and civil trial. He AND his BM will get a few hundred grand.

VictoriaGA
VictoriaGA

You all have some nerve to comment on this guy’s vernacular when you should instead be praising his heroic actions that he took to save his daughter’s life. How about we look at THAT instead of being so quick to knock someone? Anybody wanna pay the $1500+ for the ambulance you say he should have called? All parents know that we do things in the heat of the moment when our child has done something and panicked us.

I think the officers should be reprimanded and retrained but not fired.

Scattered
Scattered

I understand he panicked. But you don't drive 100 mph and endanger your child or anyone else on the road. The cops had no way of knowing what the hell was going on. Had he pulled over and had respect for LEO'sand tell them what was happening they would have helped him or sped to the hospital with lights and sirens safely and faster. I don't necessarily think they should have arrested him when they saw what was happening and take him away when worried about his daughter but I think he was wrong. He didn't use good or common sense but maybe the officers could have given him a pass. It couldn't hurt.

JBo
JBo

EMS...Fire and EMTs are virtually around the corner and could have been at the guy's house in minutes without risking more lives at 100mph+.

TruBlu42
TruBlu42

Normally I do not chime in on any of the stories I read on here. I see both sides of this and FULLY UNDERSTAND both sides. First off I will say yes, he was wrong fro 100+, I get it. How many of you have done something stupid because of your child... I will wait... Next I want to say to the folks on HERE that come off and talk about how he types on his FB page.... shut the hell up and get a life! I am saying this because I walk both sides of the line most comments are going on about. Compassion is something that can't be taught. Again, I get it, blood is pumping, tunnel vision is activated, "Get the bad guy" is the thought, save all lives from the crazy driver, all while blaring EYE OF THE TIGER!

Did he go about it stupid, yes he did. Again, he was in full tunnel vision and fight or flight mode. How many of US been in that mode (CODE run) and died in the process...

We are no different...

LynnSB
LynnSB

What BS -- I understand the child was choking -- they don't have a phone ?? 911 !!! and if not I'm sure a Firehouse was a hell of a lot closer then the hospital -- He endangered so many lives And YES INCLUDING his daughter -- a wreck at 100+ mph would h ave certainly been horrific -- AND he had No license -- so obviously the LAW doesn't mean sh*t to him !

LynnSB
LynnSB

Officers Reprimanded ?? BULL SHIT -- so anyone else who may have been out at the time of this Dumb Sh*ts 100+ mph drive don't matter -- Absolutely UNACCEPTABLE !!!

mistermynini
mistermynini

How about him learning to speak proper English to start with?

nitrodave08
nitrodave08

When I get caught speeding, I don't put up an argument. I know I was in the wrong and take my medicine. This jackass is lucky that they did not PIT him or take him and his family out like the SLC story. I would have done somethings different, but in the end I would take my lumps and def not bitch about how I was mistreated. The officers didn't know what was going on. Hell a simple call to 911 what driving would have atleast taken the edge off.

Bld54
Bld54

Never mind the fact that if he had pulled over immediately his daughter would have received treatment a whole lot sooner without putting innocent lives ( including his daughter's) at risk. Ignorant, police hating people.

vwiles34
vwiles34

I think it's sad that you have people who take every chance they get to bash law enforcement. In this particular case, it is open and shut. He deserved to go to jail for putting his child, his wife, the police and everyone on the road in danger. Only someone who doesn't have a clue as to what is right and wrong would speed down the road at 100 mph with police chasing him and think he's doing the right thing. And anyone who agrees with what he did is surely one of these people who will bash the police over anything. I wonder how one of his supporters would have felt if in hid high-speed trek to the hospital he had hit one of there family members minivans with a mom, dad and four kids killing all of them.

He should have called 911 it would have gotten his daughter help quicker without putting the public at risk. If anyone thinks he was justified because he was thinking of his daughter they should think of how many times a day they hear rescue vehicles going to calls. In larger cities its hundreds of times a day. And each of those is an emergency. So imagine if each of those people had decided to frantically jump in there car in a panic and driven wide open with no emergency lights or siren, and no training in emergency driving. No device to change traffic lights like ambulances have and drive over a 100 miles an hour down city streets. Not to mention when he had police try and stop him he keeps going instead of stopping and letting the police take her the rest of the way.

I can understand someone being panicked if something happened to there child. But if that's the best judgment he has. They need to hire a full-time babysitter. Because he's the biggest threat to his child I can think of. And anyone saying he did the right thing is just a loud mouth who likes bashing cops. I hope they make an example of him to show others you can just declare your own emergency and drive without a license at over 100 mph ignoring police putting the entire motoring public in danger. I also hope if he's going to be going public with his comments he'll learn that he should use words people will understand that arent littered with profanity. As this does nothing to show himself as a respectable caring father. But rather a street thug who has a problem with the law.

greg3564
greg3564

911...Hinkle should try using it next time. Or how about pulling over and the officer could help the child or summon EMS.

Oh, WTF does "doe gee" mean? Couldn't find that in the dictionary or thesaurus.

Photodaleen
Photodaleen

Wonder if his daughter or anyone else would have survived if he would have hit someone at a hundred mph. Sounds more like panic. Could hàve been a multiple fatàlity rather than just a ticket and if he never had a drivers license, then I suspect he has no idea of how to control a 100 mph car.

J10107
J10107

"Dad with a choking kid....I’d have done the same thing," said Dr. Shoe.

Well Dr. Shoe, YOUR AN ASSHOLE !!!

Dialing 911 and getting medical attention from emergency medical technicians and paramedics who would have raced, blaring lights & sirens to save the infant's life, would have been a rational parents' first thought!

But flying down the roadway in excess of 100 mph disregarding traffic signals and law enforcement with an choking infant for several minutes was the thing to do!

Like I said, YOUR AN ASSHOLE and Darius Hinkle deserves everything that happened to him.

Thank God he didn't get involved in a crash while racing to the hospital at 100 mph with the infant in the car.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Do the police wait for an ambulance when an officer is shot / bleeding out at a crime scene?

Trueferblue
Trueferblue

Watch your children closer so they don't "choke" on small objects "doe gee" (whatever that's suppose to mean)!

gfc1963
gfc1963

What a load of rubbish from this muppet!! He's scared about his daughter choling to death so he drives at 100mph and that is safer?? If he had crashed at those speeds they would have both been killed, and anyone they hit for that matter. Dial 911 and wait for an ambulance do gee!!

BlueLM101
BlueLM101

I would do ANYTHING to help my child if they were in severe medical distress. Waiting for an ambulance would be the furthest thing from my mind. I don't condone what he did, but I don't blame him for it either.

tfort
tfort

Now this is a hero dad.

Even the nurses saw the stupidity of the cops and bailed him out. I would love being on that jury.

Good job dad.

JGD24
JGD24

Excuse me sir, but when was the last time you saw an Ambulance drive 100 + mph? You haven't, because they dont. And police officers only go that fast chasing morons like you. EMT's and Cops are also trained for high speed driving, you are not. And lastly, by your own admission, you don't have a drivers license. You were arrested for a reason, just because others might do the same doesn't excuse your behavior. You could have stopped and I bet the police you're criticizing would have given you an escort to the hospital, or saved your kids life right then and there. I've personally done it and dislodged coins to toy cars from children's throats.

MizzV
MizzV

We live in a rural area. Last Saturday my airway was closing off. I've had major surgery and radiation to my head and neck, and have a restricted airway as it is. I could barely inhale, was barely able to alert my husband, who was still asleep, I needed the ER.

A typical ambulance response can be as high as 25 minutes. I didn't have 25 minutes.

He drove near 90mph to get me to the ER. He has a driver's license and he's taken defensive driving courses his job requires.

WHEN YOU'RE scared for someone you love you act and think later. It was very early on a Saturday morning and no traffic was out.

This young man was scared and trying to save his daughter. His actions were reckless, but once you realized why he was speeding, come on. Have some humanity.

spitfirexiiv
spitfirexiiv

I have heard officers tell people that if they had pulled over and told them the situation they would have escorted them to the hospital. They they would deal with the other things. Whatever happened to holding the child upside down and striking them between the shoulder blades. I had to do this on one of my daughters because the swalloed and ice cube. It worked like a dream.

RPG156
RPG156

A) Dad not only put his daughter's life in jeopardy, but dozens of other people because of his reckless driving. B) His actions could have caused the actual death of his daughter, himself and another family. C) Likely, any one of those officers were trained to treat his daughter for choking. D) Too many people don't see the situation for all that it is and only see it for how they choose to see it and in this case, its that he made it to the hospital by the grace of God and not to the ME's Office instead. E) Officers see the potential for that situation because they've seen the aftermath of situations that started just like this, but ended with death and destruction. People don't see what cops see. Thankfully, this child survived and no one else was killed. A jury will decide and thats the way it works. He could have caused his child's death.

Dmos1357
Dmos1357

I'm sure this individual, or his wife had a cellphone.

Couldn't they have at least called 911 whilre running from the police and at least told the dispatcher what the Hell is going?

That simple action could have avoided much of what happened when they arrived at the hospital.

retiredcop
retiredcop

Did anyone ask if Pittman had a license? I expect she does and could have driven.

Blueberry moon
Blueberry moon

You don't have to have a driver's license in a emergency. But,If he would of pulled over then they wouldn't of arrested him and if they couldn't help they'd escort or get them to the hospital and probably would of been a lot safer! Well about the Driver's license I know in North Carolina you don't have to have them. I've ever heard of a 13 year old boy driving his dad who was hurt cutting firewood and didn't have a phone. I'm sure they will drop or charge him with less than they could of charged him with.

Grandmoi
Grandmoi

I would never prosecute this guy...his only thought was for the life of his daughter....INTENT...a little used scale to determine future actions.....

Stanracer
Stanracer

He should have stopped and had the police take the child to the hospital lights and siren. Much safer.

Gap Filler
Gap Filler

He could have the police get his daughter there much faster had he pulled over and someone in the car could have called 911 and told them what was happening.

Can someone do me a huge favor and translate this quote? “That s--t bogus as a mf doe gee,” Hinkle noted.

I mean, I understand most it except the "doe gee" part.....Lol!

Appreciate it!

Justgail68
Justgail68

Pull over, police get baby to hospital faster and safer. They call ahead so emergency is waiting. No one gets arrested, they may let the license go with a warning. I know in the heat of the moment of panic it’s hard to believe someone else can do a better job but that is where learning to trust that the police want to help comes in.

InvK
InvK

He should called an ambulance to begin with. Then he should have stopped they would have gotten help for the child. He is lucky he did not kill anyone!

charlesjandecka
charlesjandecka

So this idiot is too stupid to hold his child upside down and try to pat/smack the penny back into the mouth? Child endangerment should be another charge.

Ghost31289
Ghost31289

So about those flashing lights and loud sirens emergency vehicles all have? Yeah, there’s a reason they’re equipped with those and your personal vehicle isn’t. Also, pro-tip: there’s this handy 3-digit phone number you can call to get trained emergency medical personnel to show up at your door in mere minutes.

SaltySarge450
SaltySarge450

So, if he would have crashed his car at 100+ mph would that have been better? What a complete idiot. His previous criminal history will probably reveal why he makes such poor decisions. I won’t even go into his grammar, that’s an entirely different conversation.

Wish505
Wish505

Situations like this is why we have 911. If the child had gone south he had no way to sustain her life. That is why you should call 911 not blare down the road at 100+ putting other in jeopardy. The rescue unit has what is needed to get a child to the hospital safely and handle anything that happens. Just stupid judgement.

Gramercy
Gramercy

911...works!

Winddancer436
Winddancer436

Curious what is the response time of an ambulance, not a guess an actual reponse time.

artw4545
artw4545

I sympathize with the dad, but it was dangerous to put his child, the mother and himself in further danger, with his high speed driving, in a populated area. Not to mention the other drivers and pedestrians that this dad was putting at risk, with his dangerous driving. Had he stopped the officers likely could have rendered aid or provided an escort to the hospital.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

what a hero - nice going Dad. Protecting your child is top priority over any and everything.

Oldvlc
Oldvlc

All police officers know how to handle this situation. If she had been in real distress, she could have died in the time taken. Cops would have saved her in a matter of minutes. This is just plain ignorance and stupidity

Trefflek
Trefflek

Totally stupid to put his family and everyone around him in danger. No license and over 100mph, yeah jail was the correct thing to do. Hopefully the judge will use compassion and us it as a learning lesson.

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

“That sht bogus as a mf doe gee,” Hinkle noted".

My,my.. what poignant intellectual insight . When you are starting out with this low level of personal comprehension it takes quite an effort to explain his own stupidity back to him before he actually begins to understand. Those who try may not have the requisite amount of time to do so.

xcop137
xcop137

How about pulling over and letting the police drive her to the hospital if it was really a life threatening event? Driving 100 mph only put a lot of lives at risk. Bad judgement in the part of the father. Police did nothing wrong.

NFPD103
NFPD103

911 isn't exactly new, ok so once the police car pulls behind you and lights you up pull over after all they can bring all the help you need if not even drive your child and you in their police unit. But no that all makes to much sense . He could have even used a cell phone and called into the police department and advised the police dispatcher what the emergency he is having. But all of these options are not as good an idea as speeding then fleeing from police . Idiots just can't keep out of their own way.

Skycop
Skycop

I agree with every condemnation of this jackass and his rational for putting others lives in danger over a lack of common sense.

twj
twj

Where I used to live... Ambulance was, at best 20 minutes out - at BEST. My dad called, having a heart attack, and I almost beat the ambulance, they were only a few minutes ahead of me and I lived further away. Police??? 40 minutes at best. It is freaking scary when it is your child and your fight or flight takes over. He was single minded - go to the hospital for help. YES- I agree 1,000% an officer could have helped. Many are EMT trained as well, or could have called for an ambulance OR given escort to the hospital. As a mother, having lived in a remote place, I'd have done whatever was possible to get my child to where I knew she could get help. Single minded mission. When my dad had his heart attack, at first is was just chest pains, I went ahead of the ambulance, they were just going lights. I was pretty far ahead of them. When I saw them suddenly flying up the road, lights and sirens, I pulled over, then got right on their tail. MY DAD was in that bus...my momma was already dead, he was all I had left (he died).... damn if I was gonna let him out of my sight. The emt driver got on me for blowing signals and stop signs (my 4 ways were on following them) The paramedic told me I did the right thing, he was crashing and crashing fast. You just don't know. And until it is YOU and YOUR Loved One you don't know what the hell you would do. I had no police, I had the Ambulance - and I still lost him. Life and death can be a one track mind thing.