Texas deputy hospitalized after patrol vehicle rear-ended and T-boned

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Jay R. Jordan
Houston Chronicle

HOUSTON — A Harris County sheriff’s deputy is recovering in the hospital after being rear-ended and then T-boned at a north county intersection early Friday morning.

The deputy was stopped at the intersection of FM 1960 and Veterans Memorial Drive when the driver of a black Mercedes, who Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said was possibly intoxicated, slammed into the deputy’s patrol car, police said. The patrol car then spun to the right and was T-boned by another car, police said.

Paramedics took the deputy to a nearby hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, police said. Police originally told media that distracted driving might have been the culprit, but Gonzalez tweeted later Friday morning saying his detectives believe the Mercedes driver was intoxicated.

What charges, if any, the driver will face remain unclear. The drivers of the two other cars were uninjured.