A man was arrested on Wednesday, June 2nd, after he rammed into the back of a Houston police patrol car on Interstate 10 at high speed. The man was engaged in a street race with two other vehicles when the accident occurred.
Details About the Street Race Crash
Houston police say they arrested a man on street racing charges on Wednesday after he crashed into the rear-end of one of their HPD SUVs. The collision took place at around 1 a.m. on Interstate 10 close to Wayside Drive.
Several HPD officers were positioned along the interstate to block traffic for a wrecker truck that had become wedged under the train bridge crossing over the road.
Meanwhile, the suspect was engaged in a high-speed street race against two other drivers, each of which was traveling east on the interstate prior to the crash. Descriptions of the racing vehicles are limited, though the arrested suspect’s vehicle was red.
The speeding driver collided with the patrol SUV, causing the police vehicle to collide with the wrecker truck.
Despite the high speed of the racing vehicle, injuries were reportedly minimal.
“No major injuries, minor injuries on the officer,” Sgt. J. Uribe told reporters. “He’s okay. He wasn’t transported or treated on scene, just minor bruises.”
The two other racing drivers fled the scene, according to authorities.
Combatting Dangerous Street Races in Houston
According to Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez, street racing has grown to become an “epidemic” in Houston in recent years.
In the lead-up to the recent legal racing event, TX2K Roll and Drag Race Nationals held in Houston Raceway Park in Baytown, a task force was created by the District Attorney’s Office in order to help combat the illegal racing that is often exacerbated by such events.
To increase the deterrence against these crimes, District Attorney Kim Ogg warned drivers that their vehicles would be seized and that a prison sentence could be a consequence. As of May 16th, Ogg’s initiative had reportedly already seized 86 cars.
In the week leading up to TX2K, police reportedly made 43 arrests for street racing. Over the course of the weekend itself, the task force reportedly made over 100 arrests related to illegal street racing. According to the HCSO Traffic Crimes Unit, many of those who were arrested were from out of state.
Another reason for the ramp-up in enforcement in March was a tragic incident that happened in February. At a car meet in Harris County on February 22nd, a driver was attempting a “flyby,” during which a driver speeds past a crowd, when he struck another vehicle parked nearby. As a result, the stationary vehicle was pushed into the crowd of pedestrians; two of those pedestrians were killed.
According to investigators with ABC13, there were off-duty police officers attending the meet-up when the incident occurred.
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