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Long Island police dog killed in crash after chase

Rocky, a K9 officer with the Riverhead Police Department on Long Island, was killed early Sunday.

(New York Police Department)

The police in New York are mourning the loss of a K9 officer killed in the line of duty on Sunday during a police chase of a driver who allegedly sped away from a DWI checkpoint.

Rocky, the police dog with the Riverhead Police Department on Long Island, died early Sunday morning, WNBC reported.

#NYPD ESU #K9 is saddened by the death of Riverhead Police K9 “Rocky”. Rocky was killed when the vehicle he was traveling was involved in an accident while trying to stop a fleeing car. We wish you a speedy recovery to the two Riverhead POs who were injured. pic.twitter.com/AAYjizlmgN

— NYPD Special Ops (@NYPDSpecialops) September 2, 2018

A dark-colored Audi approached the checkpoint at around 2:30 a.m. Officers stopped the car, but the driver ignored their commands to stop and drove away from the checkpoint, allegedly hitting a cop who tried to talk to him, according to the report.

Multiple police units, including Rocky and the dog K9 unit officer, then continued in the car. The officer will travel with the Rocky allegedly lost control of his vehicle, running off the road and crashing into a utility pole.

RIP “Rocky,” Riverhead Police K9 killed in a crash during a police chase of a vehicle that refused to stop at a DWI checkpoint this at 2:30 this morning. https://t.co/HRg5RDWcRO pic.twitter.com/jCgLMG48A2

— Denise Civiletti (@civiletti) September 2, 2018

Rocky was lifted from the vehicle and killed. The department held the police in the chase, judging it too dangerous.

Rocky, a German Shepherd, had worked for the Riverhead Police Department for seven years.

The officer, who was allegedly hit by the Audi driver, and the K9 unit officer involved in the accident were taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, the station reported.

Nicole Darrah cover breaking and trending news for FoxNews.com. Follow her on Twitter @nicoledarrah.

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