Return to Article | Print this Page
The Police News
UPDATE: GoFundMe Page Set Up For Injured Jamaica Beach Police Officer
Galveston
UPDATE

Many have asked how to help Jamaica Beach Police Officer Kristin Ornelas. The Jamaica Beach Fire Department has changed their website so that you may now make donations online under the donate button. 

http://jamaicabeachfiredept.us/donate.html?fbclid=IwAR0poXR8t1tUVqVUGy8VLKW3PwJFuZC0PqbEly69z-VImMzP_82JCGJkzSM 

She is in ICU at UTMB.

An image of her vehicle is below.


Kristin car.JPG


A NOTE FOR OFFICER ORNELAS 

Thank you everyone for all your support. We were going to use spike sticks for the driver of the truck but due to the high rate of speed, we could not. We were attempting to keep him on the eastbound side of 3005 (where it splits back to 4 lanes) but he had other plans. I should be out of ICU tomorrow and down to a regular room. I have 9 fractured ribs and a micro skull fracture that doesn’t need surgery. I also have lots of bumps and bruises. I want to give special thanks to Medic 4 and our Jamaica Beach Firefighters. They took great care of me on my trip into the ER. Thank you to all the citizens who have shown their support. I can’t wait to get back to y’all soon. 

~Kristin



UPDATE: The officer was injured when the chase came to an end near the entrance to Galveston Island State Park.


GALVESTON COUNTY, Texas — A Jamaica Beach Police Department officer is in critical condition after a man being chased by police crashed into his vehicle, which was set up as a roadblock, according to the Galveston Police Department.

Around 12:30 a.m. Thursday, Galveston police said the Lake Jackson Police Department requested their assistance in apprehending a man in a white truck who had been leading them on a high-speed chase for some time. Officials said speeds exceeded 100 miles per hour.

John Perkins, 41, refused to stop and threatened to kill himself and a passenger, police said.

Galveston police officers, as well as the Jamaica Beach officer, were deployed to the 16000 block of Farm to Market Road 3005 in order to set up a roadblock and keep Perkins' vehicle on the correct side of the road.

Officials said Perkins crashed his truck into the roadblock, first hitting a Galveston police car and then making "catastrophic contact" with the Jamaica Beach police car.

The impact caused "extensive damage to the car, lifting it off of the ground and throwing it into another otherwise uninvolved vehicle."

Perkins was taken into custody after the crash and officers began immediately providing first aid to the injured officer.

The officer was taken to an area hospital and is in critical condition.

Perkins is charged with aggravated assault on a public servant. His bond was set at $250,000. He's also facing additional charges by the Lake Jackson Police Department.


Thursday
October 24, 2019

(Galveston, Texas) Two police officers were injured early this morning, one seriously, when a high speed chase which originated in Lake Jackson, ended in a three vehicle crash in Galveston at the Jamaica Beach city limit.

Jamaica Beach Police Chief Brad Heiman told Texas Police News this morning one of his officers, Kristine Ornales, 24, suffered extensive injuries when the pickup truck being chased crashed into her patrol car and a Galveston police patrol car which had formed a road block at the east city limit line of Galveston and Jamaica Beach.

The toll booth attendant at the San Luis Pass Bridge, Rick Wilmeth, told The Police News he was on duty at 12:40am when the chase came through his toll booth.  Wilmeth said the vehicle being chased when through the toll booth so fast he could not even tell what kind of vehicle it was.  It was being chased by five police vehicles, all with lights and sirens.

Officer Ornales suffered a skull fracture, nine broken ribs, fractures of both ankles, and a broken wrist and was rushed to the University of Texas Medical Branch Hospital in Galveston.  Her vehicle was hit from the rear.  Chief Heiman said if it had not been for the prisoner cage in her vehicle she may have been injured even worse.  The rear-end of her vehicle was shoved all the way into the prisoner cage in the back seat.

The truck being chased was occupied by a white male who was driving and a white female.  The woman had been calling 911 on her cellphone during the chase and trying the convince the driver to stop.  At one point she managed to jump from the truck and he continued on until the chase ended in the three vehicle crash.  The woman was not injured. The driver was taken to the UTMB Hospital in Galveston.  The extent of his injuries have not been released.

Chief Heiman said the identities of the man and woman will be released at a later time as the investigation is still underway.

Breck Porter
Texas Police News