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Two injured as police chase features crash, K-9 pursuit

Friday, February 21, 2014 - 8:39 am

Two people were seriously injured after the vehicle in which they were riding was struck by another vehicle that reportedly was being pursued by officers from the Fort Wayne Police Department.

The incident began around 10:09 p.m., according to a news release, when an officer attempted to perform a traffic stop on an orange Chevrolet Avalanche at the intersection of South Hanna Street and East Lewis Street. The Avalanche, however, reportedly did not stop; instead, it led police on a pursuit down several side streets.

Other officers responding to the area attempted to deploy "stop sticks" in order to deflate the tires of the fleeing vehicle, but the Avalanche eventually made its way to South Anthony Boulevard, heading south. It approached the intersection of South Anthony and East Rudisill Boulevard, moving around stopped traffic, and reportedly ignored the stop light at the intersection.

The Avalanche then broadsided a Dodge Dakota that was traveling west on East Rudisill, spinning the Dodge 180 degrees, while the Avalanche proceeded to strike a tree in a front yard, the release said.

The driver of the Avalanche was apprehended as he attempted to walk away, but the passenger reportedly fled toward the 3900 block of Lillie Street. A K-9 unit was requested and then began tracking that person, while officers were notified of a burglary-in-progress at a residence on Lillie Street. The K-9 tracked the passenger to that location, and officers reportedly apprehended the man inside the home.

The passenger was the subject of an active warrant while narcotics were allegedly found inside the Avalanche, according to the release. The passenger and driver of the fleeing vehicle were being interviewed by detectives prior to their formal arrests and charges being filed.

The two people in the Dodge Dakota were both transported to a local hospital in serious condition.

No identities have been released, and the incident is under investigation by the FWPD and the Allen County Prosecutor's Office.