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ALBANY, GA (WALB) – A man running from Colquitt County deputies slammed his car into a house and triggered a fiery explosion.
Three people inside the home got out alive, but three kittens didn't, and the speeding car ran over and killed a neighbor's dog. The driver of the car got out and ran, but was found hiding in a nearby shed.
Clayton Kelley could only say it seemed as if angels were watching over his wife to allow her to escape this ordeal. He also questions why deputies would continue a high speed chase on a road they knew had a dangerous curve.
It's a fiery conclusion to a police chase, as the dashboard camera shows Clayton Kelley's home engulfed in flames. Kelley walked us around what's left of it.
"Everything's gone, everything. What ain't burnt, smoke's got it now," said Clayton Kelley.
Kelley was in the doorway of the den as his wife Mary watched the news.
"I looked up there and the wheels and all were inside the house and the trunk was inside the house, it was upside down backwards," said Kelley.
The TV was thrown on his wife legs and bricks showered around them, the smell of gasoline was thick.
"My wife can't hardly walk, by the time me and my daughter got her up by the time we got to the door the gas tank exploded," said Kelley.
This is what's left of the car. It all started in Moultrie with this man, 23 year old Antonio Wise who deputies began chasing for an expired tag. Wise told deputies he wouldn't go back to jail.
"Mr. Wise has numerous traffic arrests in Colquitt County actually his license is suspended indefinitely," said Sgt. Shawn Bostick, Colquitt County Sheriff's Office.
Stop sticks laid out near the curve of Doerun Norman Park Road flattened his tires and at 70 miles per hour he couldn't make the turn. Kelley questions why he was chased at all.
"They shouldn't have been chasing him because they knew who he was and they don't know how near they come to killing my wife," said Kelley.
Neighbors and the community are now rallying around the couple.
"I don't know where I go from here," sighed Kelley.
"We'll pull together for them, we'll support them any way that we can," said Brian Blackburn, a neighbor.
Late Wednesday afternoon, their pastor was pulling up with a car full of groceries. The Kelley's have seven daughters, three live in Colquitt County and are helping their parents with a place to stay for now.
Anyone wishing to help the family can do so by contacting their church, Lakeside Assembly of God. Pastor David Applegate can be reached at (229)985-5424.
Antonio Wise is facing 14 different traffic violations from the Colquitt County Sheriff's office.
Right now he remains at Colquitt Regional Medical Center in fair condition. Colquitt County Sheriff's Deputies say it was important to get Wise off the streets because of his history of traffic offenses.