Texas deputy hospitalized after patrol vehicle rear-ended and T-boned
Detectives believe an intoxicated driver was responsible for the accident early Friday morning
Jay R. Jordan
HOUSTON — A Harris County sheriff’s deputy is recovering in the hospital after being rear-ended and then T-boned at a north county intersection early Friday morning.
The deputy was stopped at the intersection of FM 1960 and Veterans Memorial Drive when the driver of a black Mercedes, who Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said was possibly intoxicated, slammed into the deputy’s patrol car, police said. The patrol car then spun to the right and was T-boned by another car, police said.
A New Year, but some things remain the same. Some will still choose to become intoxicated and take to the roads. A suspected drunk driver rear-ended our police car. Our unit went into the intersection where a 2nd car crashed into its passenger side. Thankfully our @HCSOTexas pic.twitter.com/mPTtiw8NRe— Ed Gonzalez (@SheriffEd_HCSO) January 3, 2020
deputy will be ok. This crash happened at 4500 West FM 1960. While protecting and serving first responders are vulnerable to the same dangers as motorists. One incident involving impaired drivers put e everyone in the area at risk-including police and first responders. Please— Ed Gonzalez (@SheriffEd_HCSO) January 3, 2020
Paramedics took the deputy to a nearby hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, police said. Police originally told media that distracted driving might have been the culprit, but Gonzalez tweeted later Friday morning saying his detectives believe the Mercedes driver was intoxicated.
What charges, if any, the driver will face remain unclear. The drivers of the two other cars were uninjured.