Ind. K-9 dies in fiery crash after pursuit

Officers were unable to get the police dog out of the vehicle, which had burst into flames


South Bend Tribune, Ind.

WHITLEY COUNTY, Ind. — A police chase through several counties Wednesday afternoon after a carjacking in Plymouth resulted in a fiery crash in which a Whitley County deputy's police dog died.

Indiana State Police officials said troopers spotted a car traveling on U.S. 30 near Foxfarm Road matching the description of one that was reported to have been taken in a carjacking about 3:30 p.m. near LifePlex gym near U.S. 30 and Pioneer Drive in Plymouth.

Troopers and other officers pulled over the 2016 Chrysler on U.S. 30 near Meijer Drive in Kosciusko County, but the driver then drove off, heading east on U.S. 30.

The chase entered Whitley County where a deputy placed stop sticks and his car carrying a K-9 at U.S. 30 County Road 450 West. The Chrysler being pursued tried to avoid the stop sticks and struck the police car broadside.

 

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The police car with the dog inside burst into flames, and officers were unable to get the police dog out of the vehicle. The deputy was unharmed.

Police said the driver of the Chrysler had minor injuries and was treated at a local hospital.

U.S. 30 was closed in both directions until about 7 p.m., police said.

©2019 the South Bend Tribune (South Bend, Ind.)

McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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