HOUSTON – Two Houston police officers were injured after a suspected drunk driver struck them while they were blocking traffic in southeast Houston Saturday night, police said.
According to HPD Lt. Izaguirre, the two officers were investigating a previous minor crash involving a vehicle that apparently struck a light pole in the 8900 block of Almeda Genoa Road at around 10 p.m. One of the officers was inside her patrol vehicle with emergency lights on.
Suddenly, Lt. Izaguirre said officers noticed a vehicle coming at them at a high rate of speed. A loud screeching sound was heard from the vehicle’s brakes when police said it struck the officer’s patrol vehicle. The male officer, who was outside the patrol car, was also struck.
The female officer had trouble breathing during the impact and was immediately transported to a nearby hospital. She sustained injuries to the head, back, and legs and is expected to survive, according to police.
The male officer was also transported and was later released for minor injuries.
The driver, identified as Alirio Perez suffered minor injuries in the crash and was later taken into custody, police said. He was charged for second-offense DWI.