PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A father missed the birth of his first child because as he was driving his pregnant girlfriend to the hospital, he was arrested by police.

Shayla Crews is proud to show off her first child but still upset the baby’s father wasn’t there for their son’s birth.

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“I cried through my whole birth,” said Crews.

The family says Crews went into labor over the weekend, and 19-year-old Maceo Saunders began driving her to the hospital.

“He was scared she wasn’t going to make it the hospital,” said Michelle Kitchens, the baby’s maternal grandmother.

They were near Century III Mall when they say Saunders flagged down a police car.

“We said, yeah we’re in labor!” said Crews. “We wondered if you could escort us there, and he said, ‘No. We can’t do that all the way up to Magee.’”

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She says the officer wanted to call an ambulance, and then learned that Saunders was driving with a suspended license.

“I was like, I’ll drive cause I have a license,” said Crews. “I said I don’t care. I want him there!”

Instead, she was taken away in an ambulance, and they say when Saunders tried to drive off to follow, he was pulled over an arrested. It turns out, police discovered there was an arrest warrant out for him on aggravated assault charges.

Saunders says he didn’t know the warrant was active because he was recently released from a juvenile facility and told he was free to go. He said it stemmed from a bar fight.

After being arraigned, he was released from jail on Tuesday and was able to meet his son for the first time.

They family says it was Jefferson Hills Police who made the arrest. KDKA tried repeatedly but was unable to reach anyone from the department Tuesday night.

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David Highfield