Car chases can be dramatic instances of action sequences in movies. After all, the entire "Fast & Furious" franchise is built on them. In real life, however, car chases come with considerable risks for the driver, the general public (who may get in the way) as well as the law enforcement officers in pursuit.
Such was the case on a northwest Houston freeway over the weekend. According to a KTRK.com report, a chase in the early hours of Sunday morning left a Harris County Sheriff's deputy injured. The accident occurred on the Tomball Parkway.
As several squad cars were in pursuit of a suspect who refused to stop, another officer in an unmarked police car pulled onto the highway to assist. However, another driver in a pickup truck reportedly slammed into the patrol car. The truck also reportedly kept going despite the collision. There were no other details regarding the nature of the accident, specifically whether the patrol car had its emergency lights activated or whether the pickup truck driver was impaired in any way.
Regardless, drivers have a duty to use reasonable care in operating their vehicles. This applies to law enforcement officers as well as the general public, and is even more important in emergency situations. An offending driver could not only be subject to criminal charges, he or she could face civil liability as well.
The officer was taken to the hospital for minor injuries and is expected to be okay. The driver who allegedly hit her was not found.
Source: KTRK.com, Harris County sheriff's deputy en route to chase injured on Highway 249, August 11, 2013