100 left without power after police chase ends with crash


by Malini Basu / KHOU 11 News


Posted on September 13, 2013 at 7:07 PM

Updated Friday, Sep 13 at 8:32 PM

HOUSTON—At least 100 families were without power for hours Friday after a police chase on Milby Street in southeast Houston.

The police chase happened just after 11 a.m.

“We were in the house watching TV, and we heard a loud pop, and all the power went off,” said Patricia Thomas, a witness.

Thomas and her three children were home when they heard the crash. Investigators said a man and his friend were in a stolen Honda. Police gave chase and seconds later, the Honda crashed into a light police, knocking out power.

“I was making waffles and the power line went off,” said Johnny Frank. He and his sisters were off from school Friday.

“We were at Dixie Drive, getting some paint. A friend of mine called me that a car went into our house,” said Michael McMillon, whose home was hit by the chase suspect’s car. “He said, ‘There is laws around your house,’ I said, ‘Around my house?’ We just now started to remodel the house and then, all of a sudden, this here.”

While CenterPoint worked to turn the lights back on, the Thomas family went to their grandma’s house to keep cool.

Neighbors said they’re all sick of the crime in the area.

“This is everyday, all the time, same stuff, same neighborhood,” said Crystal Boone, a neighbor.

At the end of the day, the suspects left a message.

“They apologized, the officer said, but I’m just glad they caught them and (hope they) learn a lesson, not to do this no more,” said McMillon.

Luckily, no one was seriously hurt.