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Dad arrested for breaking traffic laws while rushing daughter to hospital, nurses bond him out

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When a dad was arrested on multiple traffic violations for rushing his baby daughter to the hospital last week, a group of nurses helped out by paying his bail.

Darius Hinkle’s daughter was choking on a penny Thursday when he put her in the car and began speeding to get her to Touchette Regional Hospital in Centreville, he told FOX 2. As the 1-year-old received care, her father was arrested by police officers for speeding and not having a valid license.

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

Later, when the girl’s mother, Donecia Pittman, went to the jail to see Hinkle, she told media she saw a woman she didn’t recognize bailing him out. That’s when she learned that nurses from the hospital had chipped in money to pay his bail.

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

Hana Muslic
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Hana Muslic has been covering breaking news and crime for the Belleville News-Democrat since August 2018. She is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s College of Journalism and her previous work can be found in The Lincoln Journal-Star and The Kansas City Star.

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