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McHenry City Council OKs police car purchase to replace totaled Tahoe

A K-9 unit 2012 Chevrolet Tahoe was totaled in a crash July 13 in the 400 block of North Front Street, McHenry. McHenry officials have approved buying a new vehicle to replace it.
A K-9 unit 2012 Chevrolet Tahoe was totaled in a crash July 13 in the 400 block of North Front Street, McHenry. McHenry officials have approved buying a new vehicle to replace it.

The city will buy a new police vehicle after an officer-involved crash that left one totaled.

McHenry City Council members approved a $14,281 budget amendment this week to buy a 2018 Ford Police Interceptor utility vehicle. They also approved installing K-9 unit equipment in an existing police vehicle to replace a K-9 unit 2012 Chevrolet Tahoe that was totaled in a July crash.

The insurance payout on the Tahoe was $26,002, and the total cost to buy the new vehicle and install the dog cage to an existing police vehicle is $40,283, according to city documents.

“With the nature of the work that law enforcement does, the risk of vehicle accidents is always high,” McHenry Police Chief John Birk said. “In this incident, officer [Larry] Popp was involved in an accident while responding to an emergency call with his lights and siren activated.”

Popp collided with a Porsche Cayenne as it left a parking lot in the
400 block of North Front Street. The collision caused Popp to strike a Chevrolet van traveling south on Front Street, and the van struck a Chevrolet Cruze. Popp and the driver of the Porsche were taken to the hospital. K-9 officer Duke was taken to Woodstock Animal Hospital.

The department plans to install existing K-9 equipment into another police Tahoe used by the department’s Northern Illinois Police Alarm System officer. The new vehicle will replace the loss of the Tahoe for K-9 unit purposes, according to city documents.

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