Driver Crashes in Police Pursuit, Critically Injured in Crockett Martin Road in Montgomery County, TX
Montgomery County, TX -- June 1, 2021, a driver was critically injured after crashing during a police chase on Crockett Martin Road in Montgomery County.
Authorities say the incident began around 2:20 a.m. when county deputies responded to calls about a crash at State Highway 105 East and Willis Waukegan Road. Units found a white Ford truck had crashed into a tree but the driver was gone.
A short time later, a red pickup truck nearly crashed into a deputy's vehicle on the highway east of the first crash, near Farm to Market Road 1484. The deputy tried to stop the pickup driver, but the truck fled. Reports indicate the truck's erratic path strongly suggested the driver was impaired. He turned down Crockett Martin Road and drove south at speeds approaching 100 miles an hour. Some distance down the road he failed to negotiate curve at high speeds and hit several signs before crashing into a ditch. The pickup overturned, trapping the driver.
The driver suffered critical injuries in the wreck and was transported to an area hospital after being freed from the wreckage. Deputies learned the injured driver was the same one who initially crashed on Willis Waukegan Road. Investigators are trying to determine where the second truck came from.
The crash remains under investigation and no additional information is available at this time.
Commentary on Chase and Crash on Crockett Martin Road in Montgomery County
Folks tend to think there's not much to consider in terms of who's responsible for the injuries resulting from a crash like this one, but many would be surprised how nuanced Texas law is. Whatever criminal implications there may be here, learning who bears responsibility for the crash itself can be a complex issue.
For example, it's one thing for someone to drive recklessly while trying to escape authorities simply because they want to get away in order to hide active warrants or illegal contraband. It's another matter entirely if they're intoxicated as reports about this wreck suggest. Why is it so different? Because if that business--we'll call it a bar given the time of the incident--over-served the driver, then it may share the legal responsibility for his injuries. The driver can still be held accountable for his role in the crash, but the bar could be on the hook if the driver was highly intoxicated from being sold or served alcohol long past his limits.
It seems like authorities have more immediate and pressing concerns than whether a bar over-served the driver, but it's an element that shouldn't go overlooked. Alcohol-related crashes are too often caused by people who received illegal and negligent service, and yet the businesses who break Texas dram shop law by providing that service often escape any responsibility. That's why all serious crashes warrant thorough investigations--even ones where it would be too easy to focus on a driver's attempts to evade the law. Whatever priorities the authorities have are their own. Beyond those, it should also be a priority to make sure victims get the help they need through whatever avenues Texas law provides.