Texas officer, 11-year-old die in crash during police chase

PATTON VILLAGE, Texas (AP) — A Houston-area police officer and an 11-year-old boy are dead after the officer’s patrol car collided with an SUV as he chased a suspected drunken driver.

Trooper Richard Standifer says Patton Village police Sgt. Stacey Baumgartner died en route to a hospital following Sunday night’s collision. The boy died at the scene and five other people in the SUV were critically hurt.

The Texas Department of Public Safety has not released the name of the boy.

The suspect is being held Monday on charges of intoxication manslaughter and intoxication assault with a vehicle

Standifer says the SUV hit the patrol car at an intersection in Patton Village, 30 miles northeast of Houston. The suspect saw the accident in his rearview mirror and returned to the scene.

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