Traffic pursuit leads to shots fired, THPD K-9 struck by vehicle

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – A chase that began in Terre Haute early Sunday morning ended with shots fired and a police dog struck by a vehicle, according to the Terre Haute Police Department.

THPD Police Chief Shawn Keen said in a news release that an officer saw a vehicle speeding north on 1st Street around 1 a.m. Sunday and then saw the driver run a stop light at the Cherry Street intersection. The officer tried to make a stop but the driver continued north, entering Highway 63 traveling north in the southbound lane and nearly striking another driver, Keen said in the release.

Other officers joined the pursuit and stop sticks were placed at 63 and New Goshen Road. The driver then turned onto Hutchinson Road and drove down an overgrown trail in a wooded area.

The driver stopped and was ordered to get out of the vehicle. According to police, the driver sped backward toward an officer and his K-9 partner. The officer jumped out of the way but the K-9’s front legs were hit by the vehicle.

“The officers to the driver’s side front reportedly believed the driver was running over the K-9 officer and his partner, and fired multiple shots at the vehicle,” Keen said in the news release.

The driver then began driving forward toward the other officers, according to police.

“In total, three officers fired shots at the vehicle before it finally stopped and the female driver was taken into custody,” the release stated.

The driver, identified as Catrina R. Misner, 33, Robinson, Ill., was not struck by any shots.

The K-9 was not seriously injured.

Misner was preliminarily charged with battery committed with a deadly weapon, criminal recklessness, interfere/strike a law enforcement animal, resisting law enforcement, driving while suspended, reckless driving and public intoxication.

Keen said in the release that an independent review of the use of force will be referred to the Vigo County prosecutor’s office. An internal review was also planned.

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