Houston, TX – A man who police said was under the influence of drugs and alcohol was apprehended and assaulted by an angry mob after he allegedly ran over two women and crashed into multiple vehicles and a power pole outside a Houston bar early Monday morning.
The chaotic incident began at approximately 2 a.m. on June 5 at a bar located in the 7700-block of Airline Drive near Gurney Lane, KTRK reported.
Investigators said a male driver pulled into the parking lot to pick up another man, but the two men ultimately wound up getting into an argument, according to KPRC.
That’s when the man behind the wheel began driving erratically, witnesses told police.
The suspect allegedly slammed into at least two cars, threw the vehicle into reverse, and ran over two women, KPRC reported.
He then reversed rapidly down the street and crashed into a pole, knocking it down, according to KTRK.
“I see the Ford pickup backing up. He hit the transformer,” witness Christopher Castello told the news outlet.
Castello said the crash sounded like an explosion.
“Like it was the 4th of July,” he told KTRK. “I thought the whole neighborhood was on fire. Disaster.”
The collision knocked out power to the whole area, KPRC reported.
Police said a group of witnesses then proceeded to drag the driver out of his pickup and began punching him.
Officers responded to the scene and were trying to break up the assault when one of the men involved took off running, KPRC reported.
A foot chase ensued, during which the man allegedly punched the officer in the face, according to police.
The officer responded by Tasing the man, who was subsequently taken into custody.
He and the driver who was assaulted are both facing criminal charges, KPRC reported.
The two women who were run over were transported to a local hospital.
One was listed in critical condition, KPRC reported.
The driver who caused the mayhem was also hospitalized in critical condition.
Investigators said they believe the driver was under the influence of drugs and alcohol at the time of the incident, according to KHOU.
His identity was not immediately released.
Police said the officer who was punched will be okay, KPRC reported.