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Brazoria County deputy taken to hospital after crash at end of chase

PEARLAND, Texas – A Brazoria County deputy was taken to a hospital Wednesday afternoon after being involved in a crash during a chase in Pearland.

The crash was reported about 2:35 p.m. at Bailey Avenue and Veterans Drive.

Authorities said Pearland police were trying to stop a vehicle because the driver may have been impaired. The driver did not stop and officers chased it.

James Novak, a Brazoria County deputy, heard about the chase and went to the intersection to block traffic, and the pursued vehicle crashed into the deputy’s cruiser, authorities said.

The chase suspect also hit a white SUV during the crash with Novak's cruiser. 

The female driver of the SUV was transported to the hospital and is expected to be OK, officials said. 

Novak was seriously injured in the crash, authorities said, and was taken to Memorial Hermann Hospital for treatment. He was taken to the hospital by ambulance after it was determined LifeFlight was going to take too long. Authorities believe he may be suffering from internal bleeding.

Lucas Randall Nelson, the driver of the pursued vehicle, was also injured, but was alert when taken to the hospital.

Pearland police were investigating the crash.

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