Teenaged drunk driver fleeing from Garland police runs red light and hits vehicle, kills child
At around 10:30PM last night, a Garland police officer observed a suspected drunk driver run a red light along Broadway Blvd. at high speeds.
The officer saw the vehicle run through a second red light and initiated a traffic stop in an effort to stop the driver.
The vehicle continued to evade police at high speeds. Additional officers, along with DPS-101 helicopter, joined in the chase.
Police decided to pull back and allow the helicopter to track the suspect vehicle in an effort to get him to slow down.
The suspect continued to drive erratically and run red lights, even as police backed off. The helicopter followed the suspect all the way to the Northwest Highway and Shiloh Road intersection. The suspect ran the red light at the intersection and crashed into another vehicle.
The suspect, now identified as a 19-year-old man, and his passenger, a 19-year-old female, fled from the scene, but were eventually apprehended.
There were two adults and two children inside the vehicle hit by the suspect. The two adults and a 3-year-old child all received serious injuries. The second child, identified as a 2-year-old, was ejected from the vehicle and pronounced deceased.
The suspect has been charged with multiple felony offenses including Intoxication Manslaughter, three counts of Intoxication Assault, and Evading Arrest with a Vehicle Causing the Death of Another. The teenaged female in the vehicle has been charged with Evading Arrest.