Family hopes dashcam video will be a sobering reality for drunk drivers

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WALTON COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Labor Day weekend, Bob and Meredith Brown were headed for a weekend getaway when a drunk driver slammed into their vehicle, killing them and himself.

"My father called me around 6:30 in the morning, barely able to talk," Bob's brother Clint Brown said. "It was hard for me to get any words out of him but I knew something terrible had happened and tell you what, it was not what I expected at all."

Now, dashcam video from that night has the family looking to turn their tragedy into a lesson for others.

"We did discuss the fact that the sheriff's department was going to release [the video], we were aware of it and we tried to decide how we would deal with it," Brown said. "We decided that if there is anything we can do to bring some attention to this tragic, needless loss, if it saves one life it's worth it to make it as public as we can."

According to the Walton County Sheriff's Office, deputies responded to a call at a local bar about a drunk man. That man was Dustin Dupree, 21.

When deputies arrived, Dupree took off.

"This person was completely out of control," Brown said, "driving on the wrong side of the road, driving over 100 mph, I mean, these are things that should just never happen at all."

Although family and friends say the world will never be the same without Bob and Meredith, they hope their tragedy can be a sobering reality for others.

"If anyone were to sit down and watch that it would definitely make you think twice about your behavior when it comes to drinking and, of course, drinking and driving," Brown proclaimed.