HOUSTON – A Missouri City police officer went over the edge of a bridge after a vehicle slammed into the back of his squad car during a traffic stop early Friday, according to authorities.
Officer Kenneth Lewis and a partner were conducting a traffic stop in the 7200 block of State Highway 6 shortly after midnight when another vehicle, driven by Christie Dianne Biggers, slammed into the back of their patrol car.
The patrol car pushed forward into the vehicle the officers initially stopped and Officer Lewis, who was standing outside, tried to avoid getting hit.
“A preliminary review of the video, it appears he was making an attempt to get out of the way of the vehicle and jumped a concrete barrier and, unbeknownst to him, he was 30 feet off the ground,” said Lt. Paul Poulton, Missouri City PD.
He was transported by Life Flight to Memorial Hermann Hospital and rushed into surgery.
Police said he was conscious and communicating with paramedics at the scene. He was listed in serious, but stable condition. His partner was not injured.
The person who was inside the vehicle for the initial traffic stop was also injured. That person was transported by ground ambulance to a local hospital.
Officer Lewis has been with the department for three months.
Biggers, who is 46-years-old, was arrested and charged with intoxication assault. She was booked into the Fort Bend County Jail.
Officer Lewis is a probation officer who has been on the job for three months. He was with his trainer when the accident occurred.
While concerned colleagues are hearing that the officer will recover, they are hoping that it is sooner, than later.