COLUMBIA CITY — A driver suspected of carjacking in Plymouth led police on a chase through parts of two other counties and ended in a fiery crash that killed a police dog in Whitley County.
The incident began around 3:30 p.m. in Plymouth where police learned of a carjacking near the LifePlex gym close to U.S. 30 and Pioneer Drive, according to a statement from Indiana State Police.
Soon afterward, a state trooper saw the vehicle traveling east on US 30 near Fox Farm Road in Warsaw. As soon as other police officers arrived, authorities attempted a “high-risk stop” near Meijer Drive, the statement said.
The Chrysler pulled to the side of the road and let a passenger exit before the driver sped off east on US 30.
The driver of the Chrysler refused to stop while being chased by officers from several police departments, with the pursuit eventually entering Whitley County.
A Whitley County Deputy positioned his car, a 2019 Dodge Charger, in the intersection of US 30 and CR 450 West and set up stop sticks in an attempt to stop the Chrysler from fleeing. The driver attempted to avoid the stop sticks and collided broadside with the Whitley County Dodge Charger in the passenger side.
The collision caused the Charger to go into westbound lanes of U.S. 30 and the police car burst into flames, police said.
Officers were unable to get the K9 patrol dog out of the Charger and it died at the scene. The deputy was unharmed.
The driver of the Chrysler received minor injuries and is being treated at a local hospital.
Both eastbound and westbound lanes of U.S. 30 remained closed for the investigation until about 7 p.m., the statement said.