Illinois Police K-9 struck by pick-up truck during traffic stop - KMOV.com

Illinois Police K-9 struck by pick-up truck during traffic stop

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Hunter, a police K-9, was hit by a car during a traffic stop in Washington Park on Memorial Day. Credit: ISP Hunter, a police K-9, was hit by a car during a traffic stop in Washington Park on Memorial Day. Credit: ISP
WASHINGTON PARK (KMOV.com) -

A K-9 with the Illinois State Police Department was hit by a driver in a pick-up truck around 11:00 Monday night at the intersection of 57th Street and Forrest Avenue in Washington Park.

The dog, 1-year-old Hunter, was sent to assist a Washington Park Police officer conducting a search of a vehicle during a traffic stop.  

Once the search was complete, Hunter was kenneled inside of the police vehicle. Shortly after, the officer released Hunter to reward him for a job well done when a driver of a pick-up truck struck the dog along the side of the road.

"It went under the truck," said Tamarcus Quilling.

Quilling tells News 4 he witnessed the dog get hit. 

"It was badly injured, it was in agony," said Quilling. 

The officer rushed the K-9 to an overnight veterinary clinic in Collinsville, where he was diagnosed with a swollen hip.  Hunter is expected to make a full recovery after being released from the facility around 8:00 Tuesday night.

The driver of the pickup truck that struck the dog was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs.

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