Illinois nurses bail speeding dad out of jail

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A group of nurses in Illinois paid the bond to get a father out of jail, after he was arrested while rushing his daughter to the hospital.

Darius Hinkle admits he doesn’t have a valid license and says he was flying down the street, but he says he did it because his one-year-old daughter was choking on a penny.

Her parents say she has having the scary moment of her life when she was choking on a penny.

“The first thing in my mind was get her to the hospital,” says Darius.

He says officers later told him he was going over 100 miles per hour, while rushing his daughter to the hospital.

“That’s my daughter I’m not going to let anything happen to her.”

The dad says there were lights and sirens behind him for miles, until he finally arrived to the hospital with his daughter and her mother.

“They told us to get out and put our hands up. And I got out, I put my hands up and I yelled and I told the police my baby is choking. And I told them multiple times that she was choking. They were just worried about the fact that we were speeding,” says the girl’s mother, Donecia Pittman

Hinkle says multiple police agencies were on scene, and says he was arrested and taken to jail.

Donecia Pittman says she had just arrived to the jail to try to bond him out.

“Somebody was up there and said ‘I am here to bond out Darrius Hinkle.’ and I was looking like I didn’t know who it was. And when I looked out the door to see who it was she spoke and she says I’m the nurse from Touchette Hospital,” says Donecia.

The couple says they are so grateful to these nurses for their kindness.

“I just, I mean, I can’t thank them enough,” says Darius.

And for saving their daughter.

“I couldn’t thank them enough…like…they was there for us ever since we had got there, like they was helpful,” says Donecia.

The hospital confirms those nurses chipped in for the bond. Police say remember to call 911 first in an emergency.

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