Police dog car 'repeatedly rammed' during pursuit in Sheffield

A police dog car involved in a pursuit in Sheffield was ‘repeatedly rammed’ as a man tried to evade arrest.

Sunday, 27th June 2021, 7:11 am

South Yorkshire Police said police dog handler PC Adam Fay was involved in a pursuit of a van on Wednesday, June 23 when the man he was chasing deliberately rammed into his police dog car.

The man then jumped out of his van and fled but PC Fay deployed his dog Diesel, a Dutch Herder, who tracked him down to open land at the rear of his home.

The 25-year-old was detained and arrested for a string of offences.

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Police Dog Diesel
Police Dog Diesel

Diesel was unharmed in the incident.

South Yorkshire Police said: “On Wednesday one of our newest SYP dog support unit handlers, Adam, out on patrol in Sheffield with PD Diesel, found himself pursuing a van.

“Lacking the necessary skills to out-run SYP drivers, or any driving skills associated with competently driving a vehicle on the roads of Sheffield, the driver resorted to deterring his pursuers by repeatedly ramming the dog car.

“When this didn’t work either he abandoned his wheels and legged it through gardens.

“One has to question this chap’s decision making. So, out of the car comes Diesel, who with Adam goes after him, whilst in comes the police helicopter. Between them the offender is found on open land at the rear of his house.

“The 25-year-old man was detained by Adam and Diesel and arrested for various offences.”

PC Fay has been an officer for more than 14 years and worked as part of the response team in Sheffield and in the warrants and firearms licencing team before becoming a dog handler.

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