Massive traffic backup on Gulf Fwy following chase

February 16, 2009 2:42:45 PM PST
A police chase involving a silver Honda on the Gulf Freeway came to a crashing end. Traffic backups in the area are considerable.[SIGN UP: Get headlines and breaking news sent to you]

The chase began at Bay Area Boulevard on I-45 heading northbound. Near El Dorado Boulevard the suspect rammed into a police cruiser, flipping the vehicle.

The suspect continued to run at high speeds. Near the Airport, he rammed into another police vehicle. The officer managed to keep control, but the suspect slid across the freeway, slamming into a concrete barrier.

Police forcibly removed the man from the vehicle and took him into custody without further incident. It's not clear what prompted the chase.

Initial reports are that the officer in the vehicle that flipped over may not be too badly injured. No injuries to civilians have been reported at this time.

The Gulf Freeway northbound lanes are blocked at the locations of both crashes -- Clear Lake City Boulevard and Broadway. It appears two lanes are able to get by the wrecks in both locations. Expect major delays in southeast Houston.

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