A man will be charged with felony murder after his passenger was killed Sunday morning during a chase with Houston police, according to authorities.
The chase started when the suspect — after finishing what an officer believed was a drug deal at a nearby gas station — fled a traffic stop around 3:30 a.m. near the Gulf Freeway. At some point during the stop, a handgun was tossed from the vehicle, officials said.
The driver went a mile, at times going about 70 mph, and hit a concrete barrier Monroe Boulevard and the dead end on Bryam Street. The vehicle went airborne and landed on the other side of the bayou. Police found the passenger had died.
The police vehicle also crashed into the barrier but the officer was not seriously hurt.
Assistant Chief Wendy Bainbridge said the driver, who she did not identify, was out on the bond on evading and unauthorized use of a vehicle charges. He was hospitalized with a broken arm.