A Fort Wayne, IN, man had drugs in his system when investigators say he crashed into a Whitley County sheriff's deputy's car, killing a police dog, according to court documents.
Clarence L. Shearer, 31, was formally charged Wednesday in the dog's death, and a probable cause affidavit filed Wednesday in Whitley Circuit Court alleges a blood test revealed THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, and synthetic opioid painkiller fentanyl. He also had a gun at the time of the crash, police said.
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Shearer crashed into the police cruiser after driving across both eastbound lanes of the highway, Indiana State Police reported. The armed carjacking suspect reportedly swerved to avoid a spike strip while being pursued by police. K-9 Castorka, or "Cas," was trapped inside the burning vehicle.
Shearer is charged with causing the death of a law enforcement animal while operating a vehicle with a schedule I or II controlled substance in the blood, resisting law enforcement, unlawful possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon and criminal recklessness in the July 10 crash, reports the Journal Gazette.
He faces up to 19 1/2 years in prison if he is convicted.