POSTED: Monday, January 9, 2012 - 10:20am
UPDATED: Monday, January 9, 2012 - 10:34am
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — A man who led Fort Worth police on a chase Thursday morning apologized and said he was glad to have survived it.
The driver, Brandon Williams, 28, drove into oncoming traffic for several minutes on three tires and a rim while trying to elude officers in a stolen car, police said.
From the backseat of a police car, Williams spoke with NBC Dallas photojournalist Kerry Smith moments after his arrest.
He repeatedly apologized and added there was nothing he could say that would excuse his behavior.
"All I can do from this point on is to do whatever the Lord allows me to do. I apologize to everybody that watches this. This is some bulls***. Don't feel pity for me, don't feel anything toward me but, 'You deserve it,'" he said. "I apologize. I really, truly, do apologize."
The car, a 1997 Toyota, was stolen from an Arlington apartment complex Monday morning.
It belongs to Edgar Mendez Ochoa, a landscaper from Guatemala.
Shown video of Williams' apology, Mendez said in Spanish, "I don't have anything to say against him. May God bless him and watch over him."
Mendez added that Williams does deserve a long jail sentence for what he did.
"He left me without me car," Mendez said.
When Williams was asked if he was glad no one was hurt in the chase, he became visibly angry and said he was simply glad he was here right now.
Williams faces charges of evading arrest, car theft and deadly conduct.