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Traffic Incident at 7100 Clarewood

October 10, 2005 -- Houston police are investigating the death of a suspect driving a stolen truck that crashed into a building in the 7100 block of Clarewood about 11:25 p.m. on Sunday (Oct. 9).

As is customary when a suspect dies in the presence of police officers, the case is also being investigated by the HPD Homicide and Internal Affairs Divisions. The Mobility Incident Management Division is investigating since the incident was a fatal traffic accident. The identity of the male suspect is pending confirmation by the Harris County Medical Examiner's office.

HPD Homicide Division Sergeants M.W. McStravick and C.W. Howard are reported:

HPD Officer D.A. Roesler of the Westside Patrol Division was in his marked patrol vehicle waiting to turn from a designated turn lane when a red Ford F-250 drove up and struck the patrol vehicle from behind. Instead of stopping, the suspect driving the truck quickly accelerated from the accident scene.

Officer Roesler activated his emergency lights and siren in an attempt to stop the driver of the truck. However, the suspect made no attempt to stop or slow down. The suspect drove through several city streets at a high rate of speed as he attempted to evade Officer Roesler. Shortly after, the suspect lost control of the truck and struck a tree and then a building. The suspect died at the scene. Officer Roesler was not injured.

It was later determined the truck the suspect was driving was stolen.

JFC/RMM 10-10-05
Inc #154428305

For additional information, please contact the HPD Public Affairs Division at 713-308-3200.