NASHVILLE, Tenn. -Two children are back home after being kidnapped and taken halfway across the state.
Family members said the children's father, Hayward Jimcoily, took them from his home in the middle of the night and started driving towards Lenoir City.
Dashcam video from Lenoir City police shows Jimcoily speeding, swerving, and attempting to evade police. He had 5-year-old C.J. and 3-year-old Cameron in the car at the time. At one point, Jimcoily even threw his daughter out of the moving car.
After multiple cars pulled off of Highway 321 to get out his way, people started calling 911 to alert police to the problem. Police eventually caught up with Jimcoily and returned the children to Nashville.
The children's mother, Faryn Blair, said she has no idea where Jimcoily was going and why he was acting so strangely. She said this behavior was out of character.
"It seemed like he was getting his life back on track." said Blair. "Everything was going his way. There was nothing that would indicate why this would have taken place."
Family members are relieved the children are back home and not hurt. They said the situation could have been much more serious.
"I'm just glad to have my kids back," said Blair. "My kids are my world, my everything."
"Every time I think of what could have happened I can't imagine how I would be right now if my grandkids were gone," said the children's grandmother Robie Cummings.
Jimcoily is still in custody in Lenoir City. He was not hurt during the pursuit. He was charged with two counts of aggravated kidnapping and child abuse, as well as reckless driving and evading arrest.