3 hurt including DeKalb County K-9 in I-69 crash

DeKalb County Sheriff patrol car damaged

The DeKalb County Sheriff's Office says slick and icy road conditions were a factor in a Saturday morning crash involving a deputy and his K-9.

Posted: Feb 8, 2020 6:17 PM
Updated: Feb 8, 2020 9:25 PM

DEKALB COUNTY, Ind. (WFFT) — A crash on Interstate 69 left two men and a police dog hurt Saturday morning in "slick and icy conditions."

The DeKalb County Sheriff's Office says just before 10 a.m. one of their deputies and his K-9 unit were involved in a crash on I-69 near the 328-mile marker. 

The officer at the scene, Deputy Haber, says he was in the right lane of I-69 helping with traffic flow after a crash took place about a quarter-mile north of him on the northbound side.

Deputy Haber said while he was sitting in his patrol car he saw a car approaching him.

Then he says the car slid sideways across the road and crashed into his car.

The driver of the car, 20-year-old Samual C. Crago of Fort Wayne, told police he was traveling on I-69 north approaching exit 329 when he saw police lights in front of him and tried to slow down while in the left lane.

Crago said he lost control of his 2004 Fort Mustang and it spun clockwise eventually crashing into the deputy's car.

The deputy's K-9, Rico, was in the back seat of the police car at the time of the crash.

Rico was transported by another DeKalb County Sheriffs K-9 Deputy to Auburn Hills Animal Hospital for his injury and evaluation.

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