High-speed chase blamed for two crashes in north Harris County

A mangled vehicle is seen after a crash blamed on a high-speed chase in north Harris County

December 28, 2013 8:00:51 AM PST
A high-speed chase is blamed for two crashes in north Harris County overnight, and a Harris County Sheriff's Office deputy was injured in one of those accidents.

The chase started around 12:30am on the North Freeway near Little York and caused an accident at Interstate 45 and Greens Road before ending with a second crash on FM 1960.

State troopers initially started chasing the driver for failing to yield the right of way, authorities said. HCSO deputies sent squad cars to wait for the chase suspect at Greens Road.

Two cars entering the freeway saw flashing lights and stopped, but a third plowed into one of the stopped cars, causing a chain reaction crash and sending one of the vehicles flying into a deputy's cruiser. The deputy in that car was taken to an area hospital with back and knee pain, officials said. No other injuries were reported.

The chase passed the wreckage, continuing until the driver exited at FM 1960 and crashed himself.

During the chase, officials said speeds reached in excess of 100mph. The suspect behind the wheel was arrested by the Texas Department of Public Safety and faces evading charges.

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