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PA Councilman gives statement to Angel San Juan addressing actions at daughter's accident

Developing now: A Port Arthur city councilman under scrutiny for his actions at his daughter's accident scene during the weekend says they were out of character.

Councilman Thomas Kinlaw III had angry words toward police officers and firefighters who were responding to a crash involving his daughter in the early morning hours Saturday, January 6-and it was all caught on video.

Tonight, Kinlaw offered a statement to KFDM/Fox 4's Angel San Juan.

Statement from Thomas Kinlaw III:

"As a parent, as a father, I was put in a situation that was uncanny to me, out of my character, that will probably not happen again. I received a phone call that my daughter had been in a major accident, as a result of two guys high-speed racing. My daughter avoided one car, and the other car t-boned her, and caused her car to spin four or five times and injured her.

I get in my truck and while going to my daughter’s accident scene, nobody’s answering her phone so I’m thinking the worst

And when no one answers the phone, I really wanted to get to my daughter, when I arrived at the scene see lots of emergency lights, and the condition of my daughter’s car. It had been T-boned, all the airbags were deployed and it was smoking.

If you ask me if I’d do things differently I would say yes.

I did speak with both the fire chief and police chief and expressed my apologies to both of the departments about this situation.

My daughter at this time is doing well. She has some bruising, head injuries, but she is doing well.

Again when I arrived at the scene my top concern was not where my truck was parked, but my priority was my daughter’s well-being."

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