HPD: Police chief's car struck pedestrian at downtown intersection


by KHOU.com staff & Malini Basu / KHOU 11 News


Posted on September 4, 2013 at 10:44 AM

Updated Wednesday, Sep 4 at 6:23 PM

HOUSTON – Houston Police Chief Charles McClelland accidentally struck a pedestrian at a downtown intersection Wednesday morning.

The chief was on his way to work around 8:15 when he stopped at Clay and Travis.

"I made a left turn on Clay, from Clay onto Travis. I had a green light and he had a green light to walk across the street. For whatever reason, I didn’t see him," Chief McClelland explained.

When the pedestrian stepped off the curb, the chief’s car struck him.

"I heard the car hitting him, turned around and he was rolling on the ground," said Richard, a witness.

"The guy never got off the ground. He was in pain. He was in a lot of pain," said Jim Perryman, another witness.

James Harris, an attorney and father of three, was taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital with minor injuries. He was checked out and released.

"I actually went to St. Joe’s to check on him to see how he was doing, and he had already been released," the chief said. "It’s not a good way to start a morning, as you can imagine."

HPD is investigating the case.