Two Houston police officers were hurt when their patrol car crashed into a ditch during a chase.
Houston police said the officers tried to stop the driver of a car near Reed Road and Coffee Street about 3:45 a.m. Tuesday. The officers suspected the car had been stolen, investigators said.
The driver refused to stop and the officers chased him at a high rate of speed, detectives said.
The chase ended when the patrol car crashed into a ditch along Almeda Genoa Road near Cullen Boulevard about 4 a.m.
"The car did roll over," Lt. Philip Munoz said.
The officers were trapped inside the car and had to be cut out, and they were taken to Memorial Hermann Hospital.
Officer Jason Roy suffered a head injury, police said.
"He has been severely injured in the crash, but he was alert and talking before they took him into surgery," Houston Mayor Annise Parker said. "Both (Police Chief Charles McClelland) and I had an opportunity to visit with him. He made a point of saying he had his seat belt on, he liked what he was doing, he liked his job, he tried to do his best job every day, and he was worried about his family."
Roy, who has a 6-month-old son, is expected to survive, police said.
The other officer was treated at the hospital for bumps and bruises and released.
"If their injuries would allow them to, they would be back at work tonight," McClelland said. "Both families have described that being with HPD and being a police officer is their life."
The driver who led the chase also crashed into the ditch, police said. The driver ran off, but officers said they caught him a short time later. Detectives said a female passenger inside the car stayed at the scene after the crash.
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