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.
The Department of Transportation has released statistics about driving while intoxicated. In the Houston area, there was an increase from the year 2016 to 2017 in wrecks involving motorists suspected of driving while intoxicated. Thankfully, there was a decline in Harris, Galveston, Brazoria, and Montgomery counties. Nevertheless, the data remain alarming.
Law enforcement authorities suspect that driving while intoxicated caused two recent crashes, one of which was fatal.
Teenagers who have been drinking and subsequently decide to drive can pose a major threat to other drivers and themselves. Due to summer break, teens have extra time for fun activities and have more time on their hands than during the school semesters.
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.
As many people were waking up on Sunday morning, a passenger was killed in a local traffic collision. It occurred around 7:00 o'clock in the morning in the 15,200 block of Woodforest Boulevard, on the east side of Houston near Channelview. The fatality may have resulted from a deadly combination of drinking and failing to wear a seatbelt.