A driver suspected of driving while intoxicated crashed, killing the three horses inside the trailer his vehicle was pulling in northwest Harris County, Texas, deputies say.

The high-speed crash occurred on the Highway 249 service road near Highway 99 around 10:45 p.m. Thursday.

The driver of a Chevy Silverado was towing the horses in the trailer when he slammed his pickup truck into a utility pole, according to Harris County deputies.

The horses were killed in the crash.

The driver of the truck was flown to Memorial Hermann Hospital with life-threatening injuries and is in critical condition.

Investigators believe the driver appeared to have been speeding when he lost control and suspect that he also had been drinking after finding alcohol in the truck.

“Investigators went to the hospital, found signs of impairment. He appeared to be intoxicated,” said Sgt. Simon Cheng, of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office. “Inside the Chevy, we did find at least one glass container containing alcohol, so we are investigating this as a DWI crash if the driver survives.”

Investigators are considering pursuing animal cruelty charges for the deaths of the horses.

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