Just after 3:00 a.m. this morning a Montgomery County Sheriff’s Deputy stopped a driver for DWI on I45 northbound , just north of League Line Road. Due to them being stopped in a moving lane of traffic a second unit stopped by to assist him. The area they were stopped was within the construction area and had no shoulders.
The first deputy transported his prisoner while Deputy Underwood remained on the scene waiting for a wrecker for the prisoners vehicle. An 18-wheeler northbound was in the right lane and when he saw the patrol car moved to the left lane. A second 18-wheeler behind him did not see the patrol car until the first truck moved out from in front of him changing lanes. Unable to move the the left fast enough the trucks rear axle struck the patrol car causing extensive damage. Deputy Underwood who was sitting inside suffered minor injuries in addition to possible neck and back injuries. Underwood was transported to Conroe Regional Hospital in stable condition.
The truck continued down the freeway approximately one-hundred yards where his second trailer flipped on it’s side. Currently as of 5:30am the freeway remains closed as heavy duty wreckers attempt to move the 18-wheeler.
Conroe Police are working the accident. The driver was given a field sobriety test in which he was not deemed impaired.