Rough Night for HPD Officers
There’s a lot of discussion these days about what police patrol officers may be doing wrong, but there is no question that every time they go on duty they are at risk. On the night of Saturday, August 29th, some cases in point occurred. At about 8:15 pm, an HPD officer and a cadet-in-training were responding to an emergency call with flashing lights and siren on. When they arrived at and entered into the intersection of the Southwest Freeway feeder road and Hillcroft, the cruiser slowed so the driver could make sure the intersection was clear, but as it passed through it was t-boned by another vehicle. That driver and the cadet were slightly injured and treated at the scene and the driver was detained on suspicion of drunk driving.
A bit later, while investigating this incident, another HPD officer’s cruiser was hit by a passing motorist who was not paying attention to the scene. That driver was not injured and was ticketed for negligent collision. At 11:43 pm, that same evening, another HPD officer was traveling westbound in the 5300 block of Gulf Bank Road when a car carrying three people suddenly turned right in front of him. The officer’s cruiser hit the turning vehicle with such force that it was flipped onto its roof. The officer was unhurt and the three occupants of the other vehicle were only slightly injured. The driver of that car was also detained on suspicion of drunk driving.
If you or a loved one is ever injured in a collision while at work, please consider calling us. We have dealt with such incidents for decades and we are very good at it.