Child rescued, man arrested after car crashes into Sims Bayou in SE Houston
HOUSTON, TX — A man faces multiple charges after a vehicle carrying a toddler crashed into Houston’s Sims Bayou during a police chase late Sunday, reports ABC13.
The crash occurred near the 7900 block of Grove Ridge Drive, in the southeast end of the city, shortly after 11:30 p.m.
According to the Houston Police Department, a pursuit was initiated in the 10400 block of Randolph Street after the man, who was driving a Mini Cooper, fled a traffic stop.
Authorities said officers were unaware that a small child, just under two years old, was sitting in the backseat of the fleeing car. The pursuit lasted for about 10 minutes before the Mini Cooper cut through a field and ultimately crashed into the Sims Bayou, which runs about 15 feet deep.
Four HPD officers went into the water and took the child to safety after observing the male driver remove the passenger from the backseat. The suspect, who was eventually apprehended, now faces felony evading charges and possibly child endangerment charges.
One officer who sprained an ankle during the incident was taken to a hospital for an evaluation.
Crews were expected to return to the bayou late Monday morning to begin removal of the now fully-submerged Mini Cooper.
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