Deputies rescue driver from fiery wreckage after he hit house

RICHMOND, TX Around 1:20pm Wednesday, a Fort Bend County Sheriff's Deputy was passed by a car traveling at a high rate of speed on Harlem Road in Richmond. The deputy conducted a traffic stop on the car near Harlem Road and the Jester One Unit.

The car came to a stop and as the deputy approached the car, the driver proceeded to flee the scene. On several instances the driver nearly crashed into several vehicles as he continued to flee into the Pecan Grove Subdivision. The deputy lost sight of the vehicle and shortly thereafter found the vehicle to have struck a home in 1900 block of Rock Fence Drive, and then struck an oak tree in the yard. The vehicle split in two and erupted in flames.

The vehicle was fully engulfed and the driver was unconscious with his clothes catching on fire. Two Fort Bend County deputies made numerous attempts to break the driver's side window in order to remove the driver but were unsuccessful. As a last resort, a deputy shot at the window, causing it to shatter. They were then able to cut the seat belt and rescue the unconscious driver.

The driver was identified as David Richard Howard, 39, of the Houston area. Howard was taken to Memorial Hermann Hospital by Life Flight, where he remains in serious but stable condition. This incident is an on-going investigation and it is still unknown exactly why Howard was traveling at such a high rate of speed.

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