HPD officer hospitalized after crash with driver who ran red light, police say

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Monday, November 23, 2020
HPD crash is 7th involving first responders in 1 week
The HPD rollover crash marks the 7th wreck involving first responders in just one week. Here's what led to this one.

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- A Houston police officer was hospitalized after a rollover crash early Monday morning near downtown.

Authorities say that around 1:20 a.m., a driver ran a red light and hit the officer's patrol car on Gray and Hamilton.

The driver ran off and remains on the run.

The officer was taken to the hospital.

Monday's crash marks the seventh involving first responders in one week. A crash has occurred nearly every day since last Tuesday.

Over the weekend, a SUV driver believed to have been impaired was taken into custody after slamming into a Houston Fire Department ambulance.

Two firefighters suffered minor injuries, but were transported to the hospital as a precaution.

The crew was returning from a call Sunday morning. As they were backing into the station, an SUV slammed into the ambulance on Bellaire Boulevard.

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One of the officers was on the way to a family disturbance call when someone ran a stop sign, HPD said.