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A Harris County Sheriff’s Office deputy hit a car and killed an Uber driver during a chase involving a teen driver fleeing a traffic stop early Sunday on the Katy Freeway, authorities said.
The chase started around 1:30 a.m. when the driver involved in the traffic stop would not pull over. The deputy struck the ride-share vehicle when the suspect made an evasive maneuver around the other motorist, Major Jesse Razo said.
“Our deputy rear-ended the back of that third vehicle,” Razo said.
The patrol vehicle went off road and hit a line of trees. The Uber driver, who had a passenger, died following the wreck.
The suspect also crashed along the highway and bolted across the four lanes of traffic. An off-duty deputy working security at Texas Children’s Hospital found the suspect, who was not immediately identified, and took him into custody. He was taken to a hospital.
Razo said alcohol was likely a factor in the crash and that the teen was out on bond for an unspecified felony.
Sean Teare, head of the Harris County District Attorney’s Office Vehicular Crimes Division, said investigators will look into how the teen accessed alcohol, whether if it was through a business or at a home.
Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said in a tweet the deputy was not hurt following the crash.