HOUSTON – A man is dead after leading officers on a chase in southeast Houston, according to Houston police.
HPD commanders & PIO are en route to a fatal crash in the 1900 blk of Evergreen Dr near Kernel St in SE Houston.— Houston Police (@houstonpolice) January 22, 2021
Prelim info is a suspect who led officers on a vehicle pursuit is deceased on the scene. No other reports of injuries at this time. Please avoid the area. #hounews pic.twitter.com/RYTakM8zqb
Police said the chase began in the 4800 block of Old Galveston Road when the person driving the black Malibu took off at high speed.
The man droved the car eastbound on Kernel Street, lost control of the vehicle and struck a tree in the 7200 block of Kernel Street around 10:35 a.m.
The driver was pulled from the wreckage and the vehicle then caught fire. The driver died on the scene.
The case is being investigated by the HPD Internal Affairs Division and the Harris County District Attorney’s Office, as is customary when someone dies in the presence of officers.
Anyone with additional information in this case is urged to contact the HPD Vehicular Crimes Division at 713-247-4072.
No one else was hurt, according to police social media postings.