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Mother rear-ended by DUI driver, chases him down

Published On: Dec 13 2013 09:09:26 PM CST   Updated On: Dec 13 2013 09:09:47 PM CST
REDDING, Calif. -

A Redding mother recounts how she made a split-second decision to tail the alleged DUI driver that rear-ended her, and then sped off.

"Blink of an eye we were hit, and at first kind of stunned by it," said Tami Brown, mother of a 15-year-old daughter and 10-year-old son.

Her teenaged daughter was riding in the passenger seat when the pair were hit driving home on Hilltop Drive late Wednesday night.

"We were hit from behind fairly hard … that's when he went around me real fast and I realized that he wasn't going to stop. So, I just took off after him,” recalled Brown.

She explained that the last thing she wanted was for that driver to injure someone else.

“I wasn't going to let him get away. I needed to at least get the license plate number," said Brown.

When she realized the driver wasn’t stopping, she followed him at a safe speed and distance.

"We got behind him and he was all over the road, he was up on their sidewalks, over in the other lanes and so I yelled at my daughter to get me 911 on the phone," said Brown.

Brown said she feared someone else wouldn’t be as lucky as she and her daughter had been.

"That's what I was most scared of when I was following him, that he was going to hit somebody on the side of the road walking or another car. He was going through red lights and everything," explained Brown.

Brown and her teen daughter’s calls to dispatch helped lead Redding Police officers to their suspect, but before they could nab him he crashed into another vehicle.

"Unfortunately, he hit somebody else, but he was arrested … second time around his car was totaled, it wasn't totaled when he hit me, it was the second time so at least that stopped him,” said Brown.