HOUSTON – A brief police chase involving a 19-year-old man who had just gotten out of jail ended in a crash Tuesday in southwest Houston, police said.
Investigators said it started at about 10:30 a.m. at West Ridge Creek Circle near South Post Oak when a Houston Police Department officer tried to pull over a speeding driver.
The driver refused to stop, and sped through a neighborhood, near an elementary school at speeds of 60 miles per hour, police said.
Police said the man seriously injured a teacher when he slammed into her car as she was leaving Ridgegate Elementary.
Seconds after that, he lost control of the vehicle at Ridge Creek and Donforth and went off the road. Police officers captured him as he tried to flee from the vehicle.
“I heard a loud bang and decided to go outside and see what was going on; and I saw a car sitting on a side here, a car sitting on the side there and it was big circus out here,” said Raphael Frazier, a witness.
The man had just gotten out of jail on a burglary and weapons charge, police said. He told investigators he had another gun in the car and that’s why he didn’t want to stop. Police said now he’s also in trouble for evading arrest and leaving the scene of an accident.
“Well I wouldn’t consider him too bright, it’s just the life he’s chosen,” said Houston Police Sgt. W.D. Chapman. “There’s always somebody messing up, and it’s our job to try and stop them.”
Police said the teacher was taken to Memorial Hermann Hospital, where she was expected to make a full recovery.