High-speed chase ends in crash, witnesses describe scene

Willie Houston, III in Dec 2009. Photo Source: Smith County
Willie Houston, III in Dec 2009. Photo Source: Smith County

GREGG COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - By Bob Hallmark - bio | email
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GREGG COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - Troopers raced across Gregg County chasing a suspect, who crashed through a red light, sending himself and another driver to a hospital.

It happened around 11 a.m. Friday along I-20 eastbound heading towards Highway 259. Authorities say the suspect has a history of running from police.

Mangled wreckage, shocked onlookers, and officers getting control of an injured suspect, it all started with a traffic stop on I-20.

"[The] trooper spotted the vehicle [and] initiated a traffic stop near the 593 mile marker," said DPS Trooper Brandon Boulware. "The driver sped off in his vehicle and a pursuit ensued. [He] almost lost control striking an 18-wheeler."

Willie Houston, III, 31, was wanted on warrants from Smith County, and has a lengthy arrest record.

What happened next really did not surprised state troopers. Houston has numerous evading arrests. This time, police say he ran a red light at Eastman and the north access crashing into a truck pulling a gooseneck trailer.

The collision occurred with a one-ton truck," said Boulware. "He spun around and another vehicle was exiting Burger King where another collision occurred."

"I heard a loud bang and ran outside and saw some smoke and came outside and saw a man on the ground and a state trooper right over him trying to handcuff him and stuff," said Lisa Clark.

The truck driver, Billy Bruner, was hospitalized. Houston, even injured, had to be subdued.

"You don't know what the suspects going to do," said Boulware. "You've really got to take in the safety of the public out here and this guy was very reckless."

Houston will be charged with evading, and was also found in possession of drugs.

Houston was arrested and taken to a hospital with non-specified injuries. Troopers say Bruner was transported with possible head injuries. Both are at Good Shepherd Medical Center.

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