Subject: LODD - Austin, TX, PD [Yahoo! Clubs: Law Enforcement]
APD officer killed in high-speed chase Updated: 11/30/01 7:07 PM By: Christian R. Gonzalez and Eric Allen
A high-speed chase on I-35 killed an Austin Police Department officer late Thursday night.
?Tonight the Austin Police Department, we lost one of our family members. We lost a police officer,? said Asst. Chief Michael McDonald.
Police began chasing a suspect along south I-35 just after 11 p.m. near the Slaughter Creek area. Police chased the car through Buda and then along the northbound frontage road.
?One of the officers that was involved in the pursuit was able to get a little further down the road and pull his vehicle to the side and try to assist these others officers. As the vehicle we were pursuing topped the hill, the officer and his vehicle were struck,? McDonald said. http://www.news8austin.com/media/2001/11/30/images/01cop.jpg Officer Clinton Hunter, 22, was outside of his patrol car trying to set off a Stinger device, which is used to deflate tires, when he was struck by a vehicle driven by Herschel Ray Hinkle, 28. Hinkle's vehicle then struck Hunter?s patrol car.
Both Hunter and Hinkle were taken to Brackenridge Hospital where Hunter later died. Hinkle is listed in good condition and charges are pending.
Hunter, has been with the police department since September 2000. He leaves behind a wife and a 2-year-old daughter.
Hunter is the 17th Austin Police Department officer to be killed in the line of duty. In 1995 Drew Bolin was killed by a drunk driver while directing traffic on I-35