Police agree dad’s adorable excuse for leaving his home is ‘essential’

A police officer who stopped a dad at a Covid-19 checkpoint has been praised for letting the young parent through as he needed to drive his baby to sleep.

Doug Leddin, a marketing manager based in Dublin, took to Twitter to share his gratefulness at the Garda officer, who emphasised with his tricky family situation and let him carry on with his drive.

He recounted how he was stopped at a Covid-19 checkpoint and asked: “Is the purpose of your trip essential?”

He responded: “Yes, we’re trying to stop the baby from crying!”

“‘Oh jaysus, nothing more essential, on ya go,’” The Garda responded as he rushed the young family through.

Leddin concluded: “Irish Guards can be gas”, before underlining how he was still abiding by the law as he was only 3.5km from home.

Doug’s post got more than a thousand likes by sympathising parents who described how they experienced similar ordeals with their children.

One Twitter user echoed this as she said:

While others took to share similar heartwarming moments where authorities showed solidarity, with one recollecting how one Garda told her to give “tender loving care” to her child after a painful tooth extraction.

Police in the UK have been clamping down on people trying to skirt around Covid-19 restrictions during lockdown as infection rates peak.

Four friends from different houses were fined £200 each after they drove 61 miles from Manchester to a McDonald’s in Uttoxeter.

The group were stopped by officers last night before they managed to get their fix of the fast food.

It came after an identical incident on Monday saw three men who drove to a McDonald’s drive-thru 100miles from home fined £200 each.

And one of the group had his Mercedes seized by officers, after he was caught driving with a smashed front screen and no wipers, reports Derbyshire Live.

Home Secretary Priti Patel warned during a Downing Street press conference on Tuesday that officers would be faster in issuing fines as the pandemic reached a ‘critical point’.

Under lockdown rules, all non-essential travel is banned and everyone has been urged to ‘stay home’.

Anyone breaching the rules can be handed a fixed penalty notice for £200 on the first occasion.

In extreme cases, you can also be prosecuted and face even heftier fines handed by the court.