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HPD: Vehicle pursuit ends in violent crash in southeast Houston

A vehicle pursuit overnight ended in a violent crash in southeast Houston, according to the Houston Police Department.
A vehicle pursuit overnight ended in a violent crash in southeast Houston, according to the Houston Police Department.

HOUSTON – A vehicle pursuit overnight ended in a violent crash in southeast Houston, according to the Houston Police Department.

The crash occurred late Saturday night in the 12200 block of the Gulf Freeway northbound service road.

Investigators said an HPD DWI unit on the the Gulf Freeway observed a red corvette traveling northbound on the feeder road at a high rate of speed. The officer exited the freeway and pulled up behind the red corvette, at which point the suspect vehicle sped off.

The red corvette drove through a red light and got onto the freeway. At some point the corvette driver struck a barrier wall, lost control of the vehicle, drove across the freeway and crashed into a fence. During the pursuit, the corvette reached speeds “well over 100 miles per hour,” investigators said.

On impact, the corvette became lodged in the fence, trapping the driver inside. The driver sustained serious injuries in the crash, investigators said. The officer applied a tourniquet to the driver while he waited for paramedics to arrive. Firefighters cut the driver out of the corvette.

The driver is expected to survive, police said.


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Briana Zamora-Nipper joined the KPRC 2 digital team as a community associate producer in 2019. During her time in H-Town, she's covered everything from fancy Houston homes to tropical storms. Previously, she worked at Austin Monthly Magazine and KAGS TV, where she earned a Regional Edward R. Murrow award for her work as a digital producer.