During a news briefing, Houston police said that around 12:45 a.m., officers observed a red Nissan Altima without any headlights on and suspected a possible DWI case. Officers tried to get the vehicle to pull over for a traffic stop, but the driver continued to drive slowly, then suddenly sped away.
Police said the officers then lost sight of the vehicle, but then the car crashed around the 10500 block of West Montgomery Road. The driver of the car was killed in the crash, police said.
Police believe the driver lost control of the car when he hit the curve, crossed over the median and crashed into a pole on the westbound side of the road.
Police have not yet identified the identity of the driver of the vehicle, but only said he was a 43-year-old man and was the only occupant of the vehicle. No other injuries were reported.
As is customary when an individual dies in the presence of an officer, the incident is being investigated by the HPD Internal Affairs Division and the Harris County District Attorney’s Office.