CHICAGO -- An Indiana sheriff's officer and his canine are recovering after a wild police chase that started in Northwest Indiana and ended on Chicago’s South Side.
Illinois State Police say just before 9 a.m. Thursday, suspects stole a Mercedes in Cedar Lake, Indiana. It’s trunk was full of catalytic converters.
Lake County sheriff’s deputies chased that Mercedes but the driver was able to ditch the car and run.
It was at that point when a Lake County canine officer and his dog, Rocky, were accidentally hit by an undercover officer.
Soon after, state police say the suspects stole a pickup truck from a Goodyear tire store in South Holland, Illinois.
The truck then led police from Indiana to the South Side of Chicago, weaving through neighborhoods and down side streets.
The Lake County, Ind. Sheriff’s Department says the speed never exceeded 80 miles per hour in this chase and because they had a helicopter in the air the entire time, they felt it was safe to pursue.
The truck eventually stopped just after 10 a.m. near 92nd and May in Washington Heights. The two men inside the truck, both in their 20s, surrendered.
The men are expected to be charged here in Indiana, but they are being held in the Cook County jail. No guns were recovered. The only injuries reported were the dog, who has a broken paw and is in a cast and the officer, who had minor scratches and bruising but is okay.