Two people have been arrested in a fiery crash that killed a Whitley County police dog and destroyed a police car following a high-speed chase and carjacking, police said Thursday.
Clarence Shearer, 31, of Fort Wayne, who drove the car that crashed into a Whitley County sheriff's deputy's vehicle, was taken into custody about 4:30 p.m. Thursday after being released from Parkview Hospital in Columbia City, said Sgt. Ted Bohner, Indiana State Police public information officer.
Charges against Shearer are pending in Wednesday's crash and chase, Bohner said. Shearer was charged in March in Allen County with domestic battery and strangulation, both felonies. He was given a 21/2 years' suspended sentence in 2016 after pleading guilty to failure to register as a sex or violent offender.
A passenger in the vehicle Shearer drove was arrested by Plymouth police on a charge of possession of stolen property police found at the time of his arrest. He is in the Marshall County Jail, Bohner said. Police have not released his name.
Plymouth police reported an armed carjacking of a black 2016 Chrysler around 3:30 p.m. Wednesday near U.S. 30 and Pioneer Drive, Bohner said.
An Indiana state trooper later saw the vehicle traveling east on U.S. 30 near Fox Farm Road west of Warsaw, and a “high-risk stop” was attempted on U.S. 30 near Meijer Drive in Kosciusko County. Shearer pulled over to the left side of the road and the passenger got out. Shearer then sped off, continuing east on U.S. 30, Bohner said.
Shearer refused to stop while being chased by officers from several departments as the pursuit entered Whitley County, Bohner said.
Whitley sheriff's deputy Gary Archbold set up stop sticks at U.S. 30 and County Road 450 West and parked his vehicle in the crossover between the eastbound and westbound lanes of U.S. 30, the sheriff's department said.
Shearer drove across both eastbound lanes into the crossover and struck Archbold's vehicle at high speed. Archbold's police dog, Castorka, or “Cas,” was trapped inside the vehicle as it became engulfed in flames, the sheriff's department said.
The dog died. Archbold was not injured, the sheriff's department said.
Cas began her service as a police dog in April 2017, serving both the Columbia City Police and Whitley Sheriff's departments.
A memorial service for Cas will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at First Church of God, 1200 W. Depoy Drive, inColumbia City.
Memorial donations can be made in Cas' name to the Whitley County Sheriff's Department K-9 Fund, 101 W. Market St., Columbia City, IN 46725.