Crash injures two HPD officers during lengthy chase in Third Ward – Chron

Two police officers were injured after a lengthy chase in Houston’s Third Ward early Monday morning.

Both officers suffered minor injuries, and they have since been released from the hospital, police said.

The chase started around 12:30 a.m. when an officer reportedly tried to stop a 53-year-old driver for traffic violations near Texas Southern University. Police said the driver fled, leading them on a chase for about 45 minutes.

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The driver was mostly going in circles in the area, Metro Video reported. At one point, the driver reportedly got onto the Highway 288 feeder road when an officer attempted to do a PIT maneuver, which forces a fleeing car to abruptly turn sideways.

The officer lost control and crashed into some trees, police said.

The driver was eventually stopped on Cleburne Street. He fled on foot, but a police canine caught up and bit him, according to police.  He was treated for a dog bite at Ben Taub Hospital.

The suspect likely faces felony charges of evading in a motor vehicle and failure to stop and render aid, police said.

Julian Gill is a digital reporter in Houston. Read him on our breaking news site, Chron.com, and on our subscriber site, houstonchronicle.com. | julian.gill@chron.com | NEWS WHEN YOU NEED IT: Text CHRON to 77453 to receive breaking news alerts by text message | Sign up for breaking news alerts delivered to your email here.

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