HOUSTON – Two teenage boys were in police custody Sunday after stealing two vehicles and sparking a chase with police, which resulted in three crashes, one involving a Houston police officer.
The officer's patrol unit was struck in the 11300 block of Aldine Bender Road at the intersection of Interstate 45 North Freeway. Investigators said the officer suffered a shoulder injury. He was treated and released from Houston Northwest Medical Center, officials said.
Police say the crash occurred after both teens carjacked a woman at gunpoint at her apartment in the 17000 block of Imperial Valley Drive. Police were responding to that incident when both teens drove off in separate vehicles, both of which had been reported stolen.
Police said both teens drove toward Aldine Bender, sparking a chase.
"One of the suspect’s vehicles actually went into the wrong way of traffic, trying to evade the officers and then as the officers were turning onto the North Freeway Service Road, intentionally rammed one of the officers," said Sgt. Isaac Duplechain with the Houston Police Vehicular Crimes Unit.
Police described the stolen vehicles as a Honda Accord and a Dodge Caravan. The teen driving the Accord is accused of striking the officer before attempting to run away, police said. He was arrested near the crash scene. Meantime, police arrested the other teen in the parking lot of a Pappas Seafood House, located on the North Freeway near Aldine Bender.
In all, police said the teens are responsible for causing three crashes including the one involving the officer. Police said everyone involved were treated at the hospital and are expected to be okay.
The teens face a charge of aggravated assault of a peace officer and aggravated robbery, investigators said.