Baby arrives in taxi on way to hospital
NEW YORK, April 20 (UPI) -- A baby girl arrived in real New York style when her mother gave birth in the back seat of a taxi en route to a hospital in Queens.
David and Elizabeth Pilamuraya thought they had allowed enough time for the trip to Flushing Hospital, The Daily News reported. But their new daughter, Kelly Abigail, arrived while the cab was still on the Horace Harding Expressway.
The driver pulled over and used his cell phone to call 911.
By the time an ambulance got to the scene, Pilamuraya was holding his newborn daughter. The ambulance attendants cut the umbilical cord and loaded Elizabeth Pilamuraya and the baby into the ambulance while her husband finished the trip in the cab, the newspaper said.
Mother and daughter were reported to be doing well.
Woman breaks state blood alcohol record
SEATTLE, April 20 (UPI) -- A 5-foot-5, 130-pound woman has broken Washington state's record for a police blood alcohol reading, blowing a potentially lethal 0.47 percent.
Deana Jarrett, 54, was arrested outside Redmond, Wash., by a state trooper last week after striking two cars on Highway 520, Trooper Jeff Merrill told The Seattle Times.
Her breathalyzer reading was almost six times the state's legal limit of 0.08, which Dr. Lynne Freeman said could be lethal.
"In someone who is not an alcoholic, they could die somewhere between 0.4 and 0.5," she said.
The day before Jarrett was arrested, she had been charged with DUI by Redmond city police, but she refused to take a breath test. She was detained for several hours and released on $500 bond.
Both arrests have been combined into a single prosecution and her arraignment on the two DUI charges is set for Monday morning, the newspaper said.
Dopes dial police looking for pot
POMONA, Calif., April 20 (UPI) -- The practice of using "911" to indicate urgency in a pager message has sent two men seeking marijuana in Pomona, Calif., to jail on drug charges.
Pomona Police Sgt. Michael Olivieri said the men admitted trying to page their drug dealer for an urgent delivery of pot at 3 a.m. Tuesday from a pay phone. They neglected to dial a pager number first, and instead just dialed 911.
Emergency operators traced the call, and police were sent to the phone. They found the suspects standing beside a car which turned out to be stolen, The Los Angeles Times reported.
Inside the car officers found drug paraphernalia, a set of burglary tools and a shaved ignition key, Olivieri said.
Paul White, 38, and Ryan Ogle, 25, were charged with possessing drug paraphernalia, possessing burglary tools and auto theft.
"No one said criminals are smart," Olivieri said.
Elephant stable in India yields WWI bomber
DUXFORD, England, April 20 (UPI) -- A rare World War I bomber, termite-ridden but rescued from the elephant stable of a palace in India, has been put on display in Britain's Imperial War Museum.
The plane is a de Havilland DH 9, made of wood and canvas.
About 2,000 of them were built in Britain during World War I for long-distance raids, but the one at the museum in Duxford, near Cambridge, is the only one Britain currently has -- thanks to its discovery by a backpacker in the elephant house at the former Bikaner Maharaja's palace in India's desert state of Rajasthan, The Daily Telegraph reported.
It took two years and about $1 million to restore the plane so it could be shown at the museum.
Guy Black, director of a restoration company that helped return the plane back to Britain, told the Telegraph he went discreetly to the palace in India to ask about the wreckage.
"They showed me to an elephant stable which was like a dog's kennel but 100 times bigger," he said. "There among the saddles and other paraphernalia were piles of WWI wings and tails and other things. I could not believe my eyes."