HOUSTON – A man was arrested after a Houston police officer and another person were injured in a crash following a chase Monday afternoon in northeast Houston, police said.
The crash was reported at 12:43 p.m. at the intersection of Crosstimbers Street and Highway 59.
The chase began after a driver called officials and said he was following a man who stole a Nissan Versa, officials said.
Houston police joined the chase, and that's when the suspect exited Highway 59 and Crosstimbers and crashed into a police cruiser and a brown pickup truck at the intersection, officials said.
Officials said the man ran from the crash, but was later caught and arrested.
“The cops came and told him to get down on the ground and they put the handcuffs on him,” said witness Javier Hawkins.
During the arrest, police said the man was also found with a stolen purse.
“He was coming out of there, right there. Real fast, like he wanted to run with the purse,” said witness Rebecca Hernandez.
Sky 2 aerial footage shows a pickup truck with damage to its front end and a police cruiser with damage on its front end.
Police said the officer and another person were injured in the crash and taken to a local hospital with minor injuries.
“We had a front-row view. And we all was just astonished just watching it. Like this is happening right in front of us. This is a pretty exciting day, you know,” said witness Kenneth Broussard.
Police are investigating the scene.