Conroe police chase ends with fatal crash
Copyright 2007 Houston Chronicle
CONROE — An early Thursday morning police chase ended with a fatality when a Willis man, who refused to pull over for a traffic stop, crashed into a signal light pole during the pursuit.
A Conroe police officer attempted to stop Michael A. Chadwick, 39, for a traffic violation about 1:06 a.m. in the 1200 block of North Loop 336, said police spokesman Sgt. Bob Berry.
Instead Chadwick slowly drove into a Kroger parking lot, drove around, returned to North Loop 336 and speed onto the northbound lane of Interstate 45. The police officer called for backup and began pursuing the driver, Berry said.
The chase continued for more than six miles at up to 70 miles per hour, with Chadwick committing several traffic violations and disregarding traffic safety, police said. Two patrol cars and one police car with a patrol supervisor were involved in the 13-minute pursuit.
The chase ended at the intersection of West Davis Street and West Fork Boulevard, where Chadwick left the road and struck a traffic signal pole. The crash caused the car to catch fire. Police used fire extinguishers to put it out.
Police believe Chadwick died upon impact because he was driving at high speeds. The car also did not have airbags, Berry said.
An investigation is ongoing and a pursuit review board is also investigating as is standard procedure for the police department, he said.