Suspect Arrested, Charged in Intoxicated Assault on an HPD Officer
July 28, 2017 - Charges have been filed against a suspect arrested in the intoxication assault of a Houston police officer that occurred at 4300 Southwest Freeway (South U.S. Highway 59) about 2:55 a.m. today (Friday, July 28).
The suspect, Bianca Chanelle Bennett (b/f, 25), is charged with intoxication assault in the 339th State District Court. A photo of Bennett is attached to this news release.
Both officers injured in this incident were transported to Memorial Hermann Hospital. Officer R. Carter was sworn in as an HPD officer in November 2010 and remains hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries. Officer C. Herrera was sworn in as an HPD officer in August 2013 and was treated and released. Both officers are assigned to the HPD Traffic Enforcement Division’s DWI Task Force.
HPD Vehicular Crimes Division Sgt. E. Fendia and Officer J. Glenn reported:
Officers Carter and Herrera observed a one car crash on the Newcastle exit ramp of the Southwest Freeway. After using their patrol car to block the exit ramp, they got out of the vehicle to investigate the crash. While investigating, the suspect, driving a black Ford Focus, drove between the patrol car and the cement barrier. Officer Carter was struck in the leg by the Focus while he attempted to get out of the way by jumping over a concrete barrier to the ground below. Officer Herrera also attempted to get out of the way of the Focus by jumping over the barrier. Both officers fell more than 15 feet, suffering non-life-threatening injuries.
Other officers on scene arrested the driver of the Focus without incident and, following a DWI investigation, she was charged with intoxication assault.
Bianca Chanelle Bennett
For additional information, please contact the HPD Public Affairs Division at 713-308-3200.