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09 June 2018, 02:53 | Erica Roy
State Trooper Michael Patterson and Matthew Bailly a former police officer. Courtesy of New Jersey State Police
A traffic stop in New Jersey ended with a surprise reunion when a state trooper pulled over the police officer who delivered him as a baby 27 years earlier.
State Police Trooper Michael Patterson pulled Matthew Bailly over in Kingwood Township for a minor motor vehicle violation.
As Patterson and Bailly talked, Bailly revealed that he used to be a police officer in Piscataway - the neighborhood where Patterson grew up.
The experience had stayed with Mr Bailly to the extent that he was able to describe details of the house, and even recalled the baby's name - Michael.
A stunned Patterson extended his hand and told Bailly he was the baby the retired officer delivered on October 5, 1991.
Bailly helped deliver the baby with the help of a doctor instructing him on the phone.
On the day Patterson was born, his mother Karen was out shopping when she went into labor, police said. She was able to make it back to her home where her husband rushed to her aid and carried her inside the house.
After they crossed paths once again, Patterson and his mother visited Bailly and his wife at their home.
"His mouth dropped - and so did mine", Patterson told reporters Thursday. Poe Place, Patterson said.
They called for help and called their doctor.
Mr Bailly, who had been on the job for four years, was the first to respond to the incident. But once Patterson discovered who he was speaking to, he gave Bailly a warning and let him off without a ticket. She barely made it home.
"Needless to say, Trooper Patterson, Matthew Bailly, and both of their families were ecstatic about the reunion", the post said.
Bailly replied that he remembered the street well because he had helped deliver a baby there in 1991 when he was a "rookie cop", police said.
"They all felt this story was so uplifting, it needed to be shared, and we agree!" the state police said. Instead of giving him a ticket for his tinted windows, Patterson advised him to change the glass, according to the BBC.
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