K9 dies in police chase after cruiser bursts into flames

K-9 named Cas died in a crash on U.S. Hwy 30 (Source: Columbia City Police Facebook page)
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Kosciusko County, Ind. (WSBT) - Indiana State Police say a pursuit beginning in Kosciusko County and ending in Whitley County took the life of a beloved K9 Wednesday.

According to the press release, the pursuit started with a report of an armed carjacking near U.S. 30 and Pioneer Drive. The vehicle, identified as a Chrysler, then began traveling eastbound on U.S. 30, near Foxfarm Road.

Police say the Chrysler pulled to the side of the road, stopped, and a passenger got out. The driver sped off eastbound on 30.

The chase eventually entered Whitley County, where a deputy positioned his car -- a Charger -- and attempted to stop the Chrysler from fleeing. This was at U.S. 30 and CR 450 W, police say.

The Chrysler tried to avoid the stop sticks, police say, and collided broadside into the deputy's Charger on the passenger side.

This collision caused the Charger to go into westbound lanes of U.S. 30 and burst into flames. Officers were unable to get the K9 named Cas out of the vehicle, and he died on the scene.

The deputy didn't sustain any injuries.

The driver of the Chrysler is being treated at a hospital for minor injuries.