State trooper delivers baby off highway in Wake County

WAKE COUNTY, N.C. (WTVD) -- State Highway Patrol Trooper Sgt. Brian Maynard can add baby deliverer to his resume. After leaving his family's home Saturday night, the on-duty officer saw a couple going roughly 85 mph past him on the highway. They were in labor.

"I just feel lucky and blessed. To have been at the right place at the right time," Sgt. Maynard said.

The highway patrolman's dash cam video during the traffic stop Saturday night captured the scene off Highway 64 near exit 429 in Wake County.

Parents Jimmy and Laura Baker could no longer make it to the hospital. The baby's head was pushing through.

"He said 'hey my wife is having a baby,'" Sgt. Maynard stated. "I said ok well we're going to do this right here me and you. I contacted EMS. Got them on the way. Grabbed my gloves, blanket. It was interesting. it was scary. I just tried to do the best that I could do with things I've seen on TV and things I had heard. Relieved that everything went good."

The Bakers and Sgt. Maynard, who is a 15-year veteran officer, delivered a healthy baby girl -- named Halyn Baker.

"For so many years, I've seen a lot of death," Sgt. Maynard said. "To be a part of the process that actually brings a life into this world is absolutely amazing."

Sgt. Maynard is a husband and father to an 11-year-old girl.

He said the experience brought back memories.

He plans to stay in touch with the family who's now resting at WakeMed Hospital
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