Friday, August 18, 1978, at approximately 11:30 P.M., Reserve Deputy
James Alex Wier was riding second man in a Patrol unit. The unit
became involved in a pursuit of burglary suspects originated by
the Houston Police Department. As the pursuit continued east on
F. M. 1960, the HPD unit motioned for Deputy Wiers unit to
pass him and take over the position of primary unit.
As they approached the city of Humble, the Humble Police Department
was notified of the impending pursuit and provided assistance. The
suspect vehicle, crossing U.S. 59 and F. M. 1960, was darting in
and out of traffic and also driving down the center of the roadway
in excess of 115 m.p.h. At this point, the Deputies were approximately
five car lengths behind the suspect. An Humble Police unit, stationary
at the intersection of Lakeshire Drive and F. M. 1960, observed
the suspect vehicle pass another car. As the Humble unit pulled
out to join the pursuit, he noticed the Sheriffs Department
unit approaching. The Humble unit made a frantic effort to exit
the roadway to the left; however, the Sheriffs vehicle clipped
the right rear bumper of the Humble unit. This collision caused
the Sheriffs Department vehicle to lose control. Leaving the
roadway, the vehicle struck a bridge guardrail post and then jumped
the concrete embankments of the ditch. As it landed, the unit flipped
end over end, then turned sideways and began to roll over and over.
The vehicle struck two trees before coming to a stop and bursting
into flames. The other Patrol Deputy was able to exit the vehicle
on his own, while responding Deputies extinguished the fire and
removed Deputy Wier from the patrol unit.
Deputy Wier died instantly as a result of massive head and chest
injuries. Reserve Deputy James Wier had a Masters Degree in Education
and was the Director of Food Services for the Cypress Fairbanks
I.S.D. Reserve Deputy Wier was 36 years old.