RIVERHEAD, N.Y. — A police dog was killed and two officers were injured after a man fled a DWI checkpoint on Long Island early Sunday, authorities said.
At about 2:30 a.m., police conducting a DWI checkpoint on Peconic Avenue directed a man driving a dark-colored Audi to stop for further investigation, authorities said.
According to police, the man disregarded the order and drove off, striking the officer with his car.
A police pursuit began, but was called off in the Manorville area after it was deemed too dangerous.
A Riverhead K9 unit officer and his police dog “Rocky,” who responded to the pursuit, lost control of the vehicle and struck a utility pole, said police.
The 10-year-old German shepherd was ejected from the vehicle and was killed, said police.
The heavily damaged police vehicle ended up in a wooded area, according to the department.
The officer initially struck by the fleeing vehicle and the K9 handler were taken to the hospital for non-life-threatening injuries, said police.
According to Riverhead police, Rocky had been a member of the Riverhead K9 unit since 2011.