UPDATE: Horse Killed In ‘Intentional’ Act

A hit and run driver may have intentionally killed a horse in an accident along Enterprise Drive in Warsaw. The driver of the vehicle was apprehended a few miles from the scene at gunpoint and was taken to a Fort Wayne hospital where a blood sample was requested. (Photo by Stacey Page)

An investigation into a horrific incident near Walmart late Saturday night continues and today, Warsaw Police say alcohol was a large contributing factor.

Police are expected to release more details later this morning but now say witness statements may be changing.

At 10:52 p.m. Saturday, the driver of a white Grand Am reportedly drove around a wagon pulled by a horse that carried at least three young Amish men. Video surveillance at Walmart captured the vehicle turning around in the parking lot and heading straight back north on Sheldon Drive toward the horse-drawn vehicle. (This was erroneously first reported by dispatch as Enterprise Drive)

The male occupants of the wagon being pulled by the horse, told police the driver of the vehicle accelerated and drove straight into the horse. The impact killed the animal upon impact and threw the wagon up onto the curb. The male passengers were thrown, but not injured.

The driver, according to Warsaw Police, was operating with a blood alcohol content that was at least twice the legal limit.

Imediately after the crash, the driver of the vehicle then sped off to CR 300 North traveling west down a dirt road. Police were able to locate and stop the vehicle and arrested the occupant at gunpoint along CR 200 West near U.S. 30.

According to officers on scene who made the arrest, the driver was taken to Kosciusko Community Hospital for treatment of injuries he suffered in the crash, but KCH diverted him to a Fort Wayne hospital.

More witnesses to the tragic event told StaceyPageOnline.com that at least one of the Amish males allegedly did something to irritate the suspect, which may have led to the act of violence, but it’s unclear if any of those witnesses gave statements to police.

Police, fire and EMS personnel on scene said the male victims in the wagon were very lucky to escape injury.

Investigators are working with the Kosciusko County Prosecutor’s Office this morning to determine charges. That information is also expected to be released later this morning.



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