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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.

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