Wednesday afternoon's eastbound police pursuit on U.S. 30 from Warsaw ended in the westbound lane of U.S. 30, east of Larwill. The vehicle being pursued is at the right, with the Whitley County Sheriff Department's car on fire. Photo by Gary Nieter, Times-Union.
Wednesday afternoon's eastbound police pursuit on U.S. 30 from Warsaw ended in the westbound lane of U.S. 30, east of Larwill. The vehicle being pursued is at the right, with the Whitley County Sheriff Department's car on fire. Photo by Gary Nieter, Times-Union.
A Whitley County K-9 died in a fiery crash after a multi-county police pursuit Wednesday afternoon on U.S. 30.

Indiana State Police said in a news release that about 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, the Plymouth Police Department put out a dispatch of an armed carjacking of a black 2016 Chrysler that occurred near the LifePlex gym near U.S. 30 and Pioneer Drive.

Shortly thereafter, a state trooper saw the vehicle traveling east on U.S. 30 near Fox Farm Road in Warsaw. Once other police officers arrived, a high-risk stop was attempted near Meijer Drive on U.S. 30 in Kosciusko County. The Chrysler pulled to the side of the road and stopped, and the passenger got out of the Chrysler but the driver sped off, continuing east, according to the news release.

The driver refused to stop while being chased by officers from several police departments, with the pursuit entering Whitley County.

Whitley County Sheriff’s Department deputy Gary Archbold positioned his car, a 2019 Dodge Charger, in the intersection of U.S. 30 and CR 450W and set up stop sticks in an attempt to stop the Chrysler from fleeing. The driver of the Chrysler 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 the westbound lanes of U.S. 30 and burst into flames.

Officers were unable to get the K-9 patrol dog, identified as Cas, out of the Charger and it died on 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 and removal of vehicles and did not reopen until about 7 p.m.

The pursuit and crash involved officers from the Kosciusko County Sheriff's Office, Warsaw Police Department, WCSD, Pierceton Police Department, Winona Lake Police Department and the Indiana State Police.