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2 arrested when police chase from Indiana ends on South Side

Sheriff's Deputy Doug Parker and his K9 partern, Rocky, were injured when they were struck by a vehicle during a traffic stop Thursday. | Lake County Sheriff's Office

Sheriff's Deputy Doug Parker and his K9 partern, Rocky, were injured when they were struck by a vehicle during a traffic stop Thursday. | Lake County Sheriff's Office

An Indiana sheriff’s deputy with 12 years on the job and a police dog were injured in a crash while trying to pull over a stolen car Thursday morning during a chase that started in northwest Indiana and ended on the city’s South Side.

The chase started with police in Lake County, Indiana, pursuing a stolen silver Mercedes-Benz Thursday morning, according to Illinois State Police.

A Lake County Sheriff’s Office Canine Unit deputy tried to stop the stolen car at 8:34 a.m. at 133rd and Calumet avenues in Cedar Lake, Indiana, according to a statement from the sheriff’s office.

The car drove off and the deputy pursued it until it stopped near 159th Street and Van Dam Road in south suburban South Holland, according to the sheriff’s office and state police.

As Deputy Doug Parker and his dog, Rocky, were getting out of the police car, they were hit by another vehicle, the sheriff’s office said. Parker suffered minor injuries and Rocky was believed to have suffered significant injuries.

Both were doing well and were expected to recover, the sheriff’s office said Thursday night.

Rocky, a 6-year veteran of the department, was taken to an animal hospital in Perdue, Indiana for further treatment.

The suspects then ran away on foot, and just after 9 a.m. they smashed the window of a white Ford pickup truck and drove off, authorities said. The pickup had “Goodyear” written on the side.

State troopers and Chicago Police officers pursued the truck on Interstate 94 and Interstate 57 before it ultimately came to a stop near 93rd and May streets, where two males were taken into custody at 10:18 a.m., state police said. Charges against them were pending Thursday afternoon.