West U police chase has cars, dogs and a whirlybird
On February 19, the West University Place Police Department received a 911 phone call about a car break-in in the 2500 block of Dunstan (City of Houston). The call was transferred to the Houston Police Department for response.
A West U officer located the caller. During their conversation, the witness spotted the two suspects driving past them in a gray Buick Le Sabre. The West U officer tried to stop the suspects but they sped away.
As the suspects were fleeing the area, several other West U officers were arriving and a police chase began.
The suspect vehicle drove south through West University Place and ended when the driver came to the dead end of the roadway in the 3600 block of Corondo.
Both suspects bailed from the vehicle and sprinted southbound toward the 3600 block of Bellaire Blvd. with West U officers following close behind. As the suspects and the officers were running across Bellaire Blvd., one of the West U officers was struck by a car and knocked to the ground – the two suspects kept running.
One of the suspects was apprehended during the pursuit. The second subject, who is suspected as the driver of the vehicle, was able to get away despite an area wide search involving multiple law enforcement agencies, a K-9 unit and the Houston Police Department’s helicopter.
The officer that was struck by the vehicle was transported to the hospital for evaluation of what turned out to be minor, superficial injuries and was released a short time later. A search of the vehicle left by the suspects was the loot from the vehicle burglaries. One suspect in custody, the other is still at-large.