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.
After a recent, unsuccessful chase, there is mud on the police. Or, at least on one of their patrol cars. Media accounts report that a deputy working for the Precinct 5 Constable's Office lost control when chasing a suspect during the early morning hours of Thursday, December 17, 2015. While pursuing a motorist, the deputy chased the vehicle to the area of Old Richmond Road at Eldridge Parkway. There, the deputy crashed into a field after jumping the curb. The cruiser ended up stuck in the mud.
This weekend, the Texas Supreme Court further insulated police officers from responsibility when they injure citizens during reckless police chases. The decision came in the case of Texas Department of Public Safety v. Merardo Bonilla.
News accounts report that, on Sunday evening, suspects believed to have stolen a vehicle in the northwest portion of our county began to flee from police. Evidently, the vehicle was stolen from a fast food restaurant. A deputy constable spotted it, and then tried to pull it over. At that, the driver, with two passengers, began to flee. The suspect was chased by the deputy in his patrol car, and he was assisted by a helicopter and a K-9 unit. The good news is that the chase was brief, two suspects were apprehended, and no one was injured during the chase (though the escaping suspect was reportedly bitten by the K-9 dog, as was one of those arrested).
A two-and-a-half-mile police chase that reached speeds in excess of 90 mph ended when the driver the police were pursuing crashed into another vehicle, fatally injuring one Texas teen and seriously injuring another. Both cars burst into flames after the collision; the 16-year-old had died at the scene and the 17-year-old had serious injuries and burns.