Deputies hurt, prisoner killed in wrong-way crash on Westpark Tollway

A pair of Harris County Sheriff's deputies were injured and the man they were taking to jail was killed after they were hit head on by a wrong-way driver suspected of being drunk in west Harris County.

Authorities say the deputies were going eastbound on the Westpark Tollway at Synott late last night when the suspect slammed his Lexus into their patrol vehicle.

The prisoner in the backseat of the patrol unit was pulled over for allegedly being impaired and was being taken to jail. Officials say he had on a seat belt, but died from his injuries on the way to the hospital. The deputies were transported to Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital.

Their conditions have not been released.

The wrong-way driver, who apparently has a history of DWI's, was also taken to the hospital with a broken leg.

He has been charged with felony murder because this is more than his third DWI incident. More charges could be coming.

Right now, the suspect faces five to 99 years in prison.

 

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