by: Cole Heath Updated:JACKSONVILLE, Fla. —
Dashcam video obtained exclusively by Action News Jax shows the moment a fleeing DUI suspect slammed into a local family at a Columbia County intersection.
The family was recovering from their injuries Friday and speaking only to Action News Jax.
Action News Jax reporter Cole Heath first reported the breaking news Thursday night.
The family is shaken up, but they said their faith and their car are the reasons why they survived the crash.
The exclusive dashcam video captures the moment that a police chase turned into a crash.
Jennifer Williams and her family had a different view of the crash.
“The only thing I remember is my kids screaming,” Jennifer Williams said.
Antonio Williams, no relation to the Williams family, slammed into their Chrysler at Main Boulevard and West Duval Street in Lake City, authorities said.
“We (were) at the wrong place at the wrong time,” Eugene Williams said.
The Williams family is now home with bumps and bruises.
The same dashcam video shows Deputy Brett Sullivan pulling over DUI suspect Antonio Williams for swerving moments before the chase began.
The police report says Williams had alcohol on his breath.
Shortly after Sullivan pulled him over, Antonio Williams took off and a high-speed chase ensued.
Antonio Williams was driving on the wrong side of the road with the deputy chasing him at speeds up to 75 mph.
Eugene Williams’ first reaction after the accident was to make sure his children were all right.
“I just wanted to strangle the guy when I looked back and saw my baby pinned in the back seat,” Eugene Williams said.
Columbia County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Murray Smith said Sullivan did everything by the book.
“If you want to go, go. But don't put other people’s lives and our kids and innocent people in danger,” Jennifer Williams said.
Antonio Williams will go to jail once he is released from the hospital.
Action News Jax discovered that Antonio Williams is wanted and has a record out of St. Petersburg, Florida, including violence toward a police officer.
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