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Two mothers recount time inside van with a driver that led high speed police chase

Rachel Simmons showed us the stitches she had to get after sitting behind her boyfriend, Mikey Berry, as she says he lead police on a high speed chase. (Image: WTVC)

A pregnant mother is moved to tears, as she relives being in a van that led police on a high speed chase.

"I was telling the officers 'I'm nine weeks pregnant," she said.

Two children were in the van that led police through several counties before crashing on Highway 58 last Thursday.

Rachel Simmons showed us the stitches she had to get after sitting behind her boyfriend, Mikey Berry, as she says he lead police on a high speed chase.

"The spedometer- I watched it two times- it went from 50 to 100 within a minute," Simmons said.

After more than 30 minutes on the run, NewsChannel 9 cameras were rolling Thursday, when precious cargo was pulled from the van's back seat.

Simmons says she was urging Berry to stop for their 20-month-old son Colton.

"I was screaming at him i said you have your child in the car," she said.

He also had Laura Quinn's 4-year-old son Benji in the car. Quinn says she owns the van.

She says she got lost while trying to take the couple to the store when Berry offered to drive.

Quinn says she was riding in the passenger seat, pleading with Berry to stop too.

"The whole time during the chase we were like, 'well, if you can't do it for me and her, at least do it for the kids that are in the car,'" Quinn said.

But she says he still refused.

"All he kept saying was 'I can't go to jail. I can't go back," Quinn said.

According to court records, Berry was wanted on an assault charge. He had also recently finished serving time for a domestic violence conviction.

"I stuck by him just because that's what i thought a girlfriend was supposed to do," Simmons said.

Now pregnant with their second child, Simmons can't believe Berry did this.

"I'm having to deal with repercussions from my family, and I know she's having to deal with repercussions from her family of him being stupid," she said.

Simmons and Quinn want people to hear their interview so that maybe they will understand the chase was not their fault.

"To tell [people] to not blame us as moms and as parents, to blame him," Simmons said.

Only Berry is facing charges as of now.

Simmons says the state placed her child Colton with his grandparents for now.

She's no longer in a relationship with Berry, but she did talk to him once since the chase. She says he apologized to her.

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