Man dies after fiery crash, led HPD officers on high-speed chase, authorities say

Houston police vehicles seen at the corner of Evergreen and Kernel in a photo posted on Houston police's social media on Jan. 22, 2021.
Houston police vehicles seen at the corner of Evergreen and Kernel in a photo posted on Houston police's social media on Jan. 22, 2021. (Houston Police Department)

HOUSTON – A man is dead after leading officers on a chase in southeast Houston, according to Houston police.

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.


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