Updated 9:30 a.m. with additional information about the police chase. It was updated again at 9:45 a.m. with photos from the scene in Simonton where the police chase ended.
HOUSTON (Covering Katy News) – Memorial Hermann Life Flight responded to a single vehicle car crash on the Katy Freeway at the Grand Parkway Wednesday night. The condition of the victim is not known. Harris County Sherriff’s investigators did not provide an interview.
The accident happened at about 10:30 p.m. when the driver’s car struck a cement barricade. All but one westbound lane of the freeway was shut down during the investigation.
While the investigation was underway the Houston Police Department came barrelling through as their officers were chasing a stolen car. The stolen car and multiple HPD patrol cars, in hot pursuit, made their way safely through the accident scene.
HPD forced the vehicle to stop in Simonton on FM 1489, also known as Simonton Road, near FM 1093. An HPD officer used a “PIT maneuver,” which stands for pursuit intervention technique. That is where a pursuing patrol car forces a fleeing car to abruptly stop by turning it sideways. The patrol car was forced into a telephone pole, but the officer was not injured. His SUV was heavily damaged. The female driver of the stolen car was uninjured, according to HPD Lt. Larry Crowson.
At the time when Covering Katy was at the scene, Lt. Crowson did not know the name of the driver.
The chase lasted 45 minutes and ended at about 1 a.m. Wednesday, June 27, 2018.
See photos below from both scenes.