Police Spot A Stolen Car, A Deadly Chase Ensues
No one ever wants to look up at their rearview mirror and see red and blue lights flashing. It’s important, however, no matter if you “did anything wrong” or not, to pull over rather than attempting to flee.
CBS affiliate KTXA-TV in Houston reports that a police chase of an allegedly stolen vehicle by Houston Police officers has resulted in a fatal crash early yesterday morning.
According to a statement by Houston Police Department Chief James Jones, the chase began at approximately 12:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 15th.
While heading southbound on Hollister Street, Houston Police officers from the Northwest Division realized that the vehicle directly in front of them had been reported stolen.
The officers followed the vehicle for about a block before the suspect vehicle made a U-turn and began heading northbound on Hollister. Officers had called for a backup unit and continued to follow the car, heading northbound until reaching the Northwest Freeway.
At that time, the suspect vehicle spotted the backup police unit and attempted to flee. During the chase, the suspect vehicle blew through two red lights, continuing northbound on Hollister Street.
At the intersection of Hollister Street and Tidwell Road, the suspect driver lost control of the vehicle and struck a curb, causing the car to overturn onto its left side. The vehicle then slid into a ditch where it came to rest.
Authorities say that the driver of the vehicle was killed in the crash. His identity has not been released.
Two passengers inside the car during the chase were reported to have been injured. Both were taken to the hospital and are currently listed in serious condition.
This is an ongoing investigation. No further information has been released at this time.