An HPD officer collides with an innocent driver while pursuing a suspect in northwest Houston

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — A police officer crashed into an innocent driver while trying to pursue a suspect in northwest Houston overnight.

According to the Houston Police Department, the officer was proactively patrolling as part of the Overtime Crime Reduction Unit and noticed a suspicious vehicle at 1:15 a.m. Tuesday. The vehicle is reportedly linked to a crime involving stolen catalytic converters.

The officer saw the car pass a red light and when he stopped the suspect, he refused to roll down his window and drove off, police said.

The chase lasted about six minutes before the officer crashed into a woman in her 50s in a Toyota Corolla at the intersection of Fairbanks and West Little York.

The impact drove the officer off the roadway. His vehicle caught fire and the woman he collided with had to be extricated from her car, according to HPD.

Video from the scene shows how badly both vehicles are smashed. Firefighters rescued the woman from her vehicle.

HPD said the woman was undergoing investigative surgery because she was complaining of abdominal pain and they couldn’t figure out what was wrong.

The 33-year-old officer, who has been with the department for three years, was not seriously injured, according to the HPD.

The suspect escaped.

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