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Houston Officer Dragged By Drunk Driver During Pursuit

Houston Officer Dragged By Drunk Driver During Pursuit

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Houston Chronicle via YellowBrix

May 12, 2010

HOUSTON – A suspected drunken driver dragged a Houston police officer more than 500 feet along the Katy Freeway this afternoon following a pursuit that ended near the Eastex Freeway.

About 5 p.m., Houston police officers received a report that a civilian was following an intoxicated motorist along the East Freeway inbound.

“The officers attempted to stop the vehicle (but) the suspect initially ignored,” them, said Kese Smith, a Houston police spokesman.

The driver eventually pulled over on westbound Interstate 10 near U.S. 59. When the officer walked up to the car, the driver pulled away.

The officer was pinned between the car and the guard rail. He was dragged 500-800 feet along the Katy Freeway, police said.

The officer was taken to Memorial Hermann Hospital. HPD officials said his injuries are not considered life-threatening.

The driver, who has not been identified, was taken into custody and faces multiple charges, police said.

HPD officials said the injured officer is assigned to the department’s Northeast Patrol Division but have not released his name.

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