HOUSTON -

Houston police said a man tried to speed away from officers and hit a teen on a horse.

Investigators said officers first tried to pull over the 23-year-old for a traffic violation near Parker and Homestead.

Officers said the man sped off and was seen throwing items out of his car window.

Investigators said officers' high-speed pursuit of the man ended when he hit a 17-year-old boy who was riding a horse down the street.

Police said the horse suffered a broken neck and leg and had to be put down. Investigators said the teenager was knocked to the ground.

Lee Sion owned the horse, named Blackjack, and said he often let the boy ride the horse in their neighborhood.

“[He] called me crying and when I heard that I just knew it was trouble,” said Sion.

Sion said he rushed to the scene. He said the teen was able to talk but was taken to the hospital for treatment.

“Unfortunately we lost Blackjack. But the youngster, he survived. He's OK and that's what I'm more concerned about,” said Sion.

Investigators said the driver is facing charges for felony evading arrest, failure to stop and render aid and tampering with evidence.