Once again, police officers chasing a suspect who was evading arrest resulted in injuries to innocent motorists. Shortly after 10:00 p.m. on Sunday night, October 21, 2018, police began to chase a suspect who refused to comply with a routine traffic stop. The chase started close to the intersection of York Street and Harrisburg Boulevard. The suspect fled in his white SUV towards downtown. Reaching Chartres Street near Texas Street, the suspect slammed into the rear of a Honda Civic, knocking it into the back of another vehicle. The crash was so hard that it ejected a woman from the Civic. Still trying to flee, the suspect then reversed, and in the process, he hit a truck and another vehicle. Shortly after that, the police apprehended him near the intersection of Texas and Bastrop streets. The suspect evidently was attempting to evade arrest for driving with a suspended license and because he was driving while intoxicated. He has now been charged with evading, DWI, failure to stop and render aid, and intoxication assault.
A police officer for the City of Houston has been charged with driving while intoxicated with her young daughter in the car at the time. Cassandra Crosby, who is 36 years old, joined the Houston Police Department in 2008. Crosby, now out on bail, appeared in court on Tuesday, September 11, 2018.
Being charged with a DWI in Texas is an offense with serious criminal penalties, but most people fail to realize that the civil penalties of a DWI are just as painful. These civil penalties are independent of the criminal charge and can greatly affect your bank account and your driving privileges.
Drunk driving or driving while intoxicated (DWI) is a very prevalent problem in Houston. A DWI is defined as a person over the age of 21, driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.08 or higher. If you are below that age of 21, driving with any detectable amount of alcohol in your system constitutes a DWI. According to the Texas Department of Transportation, Harris County suffered 2,809 alcohol related vehicle accents in 2012. Harris County and the City of Houston ranked number 1 in the State of Texas for alcohol-related vehicle accidents.
In the early morning hours on Sunday, four children were rushed to the hospital with serious injuries. Lourdes Lopez, the driver of the Jeep in which they were passengers, allegedly was intoxicated. Heading north on Fry Road, she allegedly ran a red light at the eastbound service road of I-10. One boy was ejected, raising concerns about whether he was properly wearing a seat belt. Charges have not yet been filed against Lourdes.
A 48-year-old toll road worker died last week after being hit by a car on the Sam Houston Tollway near Antoine.
The driver in a fatal accident early Saturday morning has now been charged with intoxicated manslaughter, according to a report in the Houston Chronicle. The 27-year-old passenger was seriously injured in the crash and later pronounced dead at Ben Taub General Hospital.