WHITLEY COUNTY, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) – The Fort Wayne man who police say carjacked a vehicle and led officers on a multi-county chase that ended in a crash has been named and will soon face serious charges.
Clarence Shearer, 31, of Fort Wayne, was taken into custody after he was released from Parkview Hospital in Columbia City.
Shearer is expected to face charges related to the pursuit and fiery crash that claimed the life of Whitley County Sheriff’s Department K9 Cas.
Indiana State Police said the passenger in the stolen Chrysler was also arrested and is sitting in the Marshall County Jail.
A memorial service honoring the fallen K9 is set for Wednesday, July 17, at 10 a.m. at the First Church of God in Whitley County.
The memorial is open to the public.
A state trooper identified the suspect vehicle a short time later, and a “high-risk” stop was attempted in Kosciusko County.
At that time, a passenger exited the car, but the driver then sped off.
The pursuit continued on U.S. 30 with multiple agencies joining in the effort to apprehend the driver.
A Whitley County deputy positioned his car, a 2019 Dodge Charger, in the intersection of U.S. 30 and CR 450 West and set up stop sticks in an effort to end the chase.
That’s when, police say, Shearer — attempting to evade the stop sticks — collided broadside with the deputy’s unit, which caught fire.
The deputy was unharmed. Shearer was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.