Suspect critical after police chase, crash

April 14, 2012 1:04:56 PM PDT
A suspect speeding away from police in Houston overnight ended up smashing into a Webster police cruiser and landing in the hospital.

Officials said James Carey, 39, was in critical condition at Memorial Hermann Hospital on Saturday morning. Houston police officers chased him into Webster where he crashed into a median and a patrol vehicle.

The chase began around 11:40pm Friday in the 2000 block of the Gulf Freeway. Police said they tried to pull over Carey for speeding, but he did not stop.

According to investigators, police chased Carey's pickup truck down Interstate 45 and into a League City neighborhood. League City police set out spike strips and disabled the suspect's tires, but he kept going.

Carey returned to the Gulf Freeway, police said. He was northbound in the 21600 block near NASA Road 1 when he approached a Webster Police Department SUV.

Officials said the Webster police officer was helping a driver with a flat tire when Carey's pickup truck sped toward her with HPD officers in hot pursuit.

The Webster officer ran out of the way, jumping over a concrete barrier just in time. Carey's truck rammed into that concrete barrier and hit both the cruiser and the disabled vehicle.

The suspect was extricated from his truck and taken to Memorial Hermann via Life Flight. He is charged with felony evading arrest.

No one else was injured in the crash.


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