Beloved K-9 deputy killed by DUI driver in highway traffic stop crash

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BOONE COUNTY, ILLINOIS – Boone County’s beloved Sheriff’s Office K-9 Loki was killed in a car crash early Sunday morning.  Deputies here say the driver, Vincent Millare, 53-year-old-male from Crystal Lake, IL has been charged with DUI and other offenses.   According to the Boone County Sheriff’s Office, on 12/27/20 at approximately 1:36 a.m., a Boone County Sheriff’s Deputy was conducting a traffic stop on the right shoulder of Interstate 90 westbound at Irene Road in Boone County.

The deputy was outside of his fully marked squad car with emergency lights activated when a vehicle driven by Millare struck the tail vehicle in a two-vehicle stop on Interstate 90. Both drivers of the civilian vehicles were transported by ambulance to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The Boone County Deputy was uninjured. At the time of the crash, Boone County Canine Loki was secured in the kennel of the squad car. Loki was transported to an emergency veterinary hospital for treatment and later died due to injuries sustained in the crash. This crash is under investigation and no further information is available.

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Millare cited for Driving Under the Influence, Failure to Yield Upon Approaching a Stationary Authorized Emergency Vehicle (Scotts Law), Improper Lane Usage, Driving on the Shoulder, Failure to Reduce Speed to Avoid an Accident and Operating an Uninsured Motor Vehicle.

Since the crash, the department has been inundated with requests to donate to the Sheriff’s K-9 department.  The department asks individuals who want to donate that they may send donations directly to the Boone County Sheriff’s Office at 615 N. Main St. Belvidere, IL 61008.

“Please know 100% of the donations received on behalf of K9 Loki will go directly to our K9 program. Thank you again for your unbelievable amount of support,” the department said.