HOUSTON - A retired Houston police officer who was severely injured in a crash during a high-speed chase said he is being denied benefits he was promised.
Jason Roy nearly died in a police pursuit on May 3, 2011, that ended with his police cruiser barrel-rolling several times before coming to a rest in a ditch on Almeda Genoa Road near Scott Street.
"If it wasn't for the grace of God, I wouldn't be sitting here talking to you today," he said.
Roy broke his neck and has overcome tremendous odds, but now he's taken on a fight he never expected – one over workman's compensation.
"When the tables are turned and we need help, who do we turn to? There's nobody to turn to," Roy said.
Roy said he has been denied lifetime income benefits and claims that he was told he wasn't hurt badly enough to receive them. He's no longer fit to be a police officer.
Roy said he has been working with the Texas Department of Insurance. He has not hired an attorney.
An attorney for the city of Houston said the problem is with the state, not the city.
"The City of Houston is cooperating fully and is not contesting Officer Roy's medical condition. The case is moving through the process dictated by the state. The next scheduled hearing will occur in mid-November. The decision as to whether benefits are granted is made by the Worker's Compensation Division of the Texas Department of Insurance, not the city," city of Houston Director of Human Resources Omar Reid.
Houston Police Chief Charles McClelland said the decision is out of his hands.
"If those decisions were left up to me, then obviously I think everyone in this room knows what the decision would be," McClelland said.
The president of the Houston Police Officer's Union said the organization supports Roy.
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