Horse euthanized after being hit by driver fleeing police
A teenager riding a horse Friday night was hit by a vehicle driven by a man fleeing police.
The 17-year-old boy was not hurt, but the horse was fatally injured and had to be humanely euthanized, officials said.
The incident began about 8:50 p.m. in the 10300 block of Homestead, where officers tried to make a traffic stop.
The driver, later identified as Edwin Boutte, 23, of Houston, initially stopped but then drove away, Houston Police Department spokesman John Cannon said.
Boutte headed west on Calgary Lane, throwing narcotics out a window as he fled, Cannon said.
"He continued to ignore officers' warnings to stop and continued south on Rockaway," Cannon said. "As he approached the intersection of Parker and Rockaway, he accelerated and ran the stop sign."
At that point he collided with the horse and rider, causing both to strike the pavement, police said.
The teenager was taken to LBJ Hospital in stable condition.
The driver sped on to the Crofton Place Apartments in the 9500 block of Homestead, where he abandoned the vehicle. He was later captured without incident, Cannon said.
He apparently does not live in the apartments, based upon his listed address in southeast Houston.
Meanwhile, the Harris County livestock unit arrived and, with the horse owner's permission, put the animal down.
Boutte was charged with an injury accident, evading arrest, and tampering with evidence, according to online records, and was jailed on $10,000 bail.
He is due to appear Monday in the 174th state District Court.