Police dog tracks down 'dangerous driver' in Sheffield park after crash during high speed chase

A police dog tracked down ‘the most dangerous of drivers’ in a Sheffield park after a crash during a high speed chase.

Sunday, 27th June 2021, 12:57 pm

Police dog Vinne, a Belgian Malinois, was deployed in Millhouses Park after a motorist fled following a high speed chase.

A Ford Focus was spotted travelling at speed through Sheffield in the early hours of yesterday.

A police officer travelling in the opposite direction mounted a pursuit and followed the Focus through the city.

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Police dog Vinnie
Police dog Vinnie

South Yorkshire Police said the motorist turned his headlights off and ignored red traffic light signals at busy junctions while travelling at speeds of 70mph.

The Focus eventually crashed and the driver fled into nearby Millhouses Park.

South Yorkshire Police said: “Thankfully when this most dangerous of drivers lost it and crashed he didn’t hurt anyone else.

“With the Focus wrecked, the driver legged it across the road towards the perceived sanctuary of Millhouses Park, with PC Dan (Lumley) giving chase as Vinnie followed out of the car.

“Dan saw his suspect go over a wall and off into the bushes. Vinnie flew past Dan at full throttle, leapt over the wall and quickly detained his man.”

A 43-year-old was arrested for dangerous driving, failing to stop and drink driving.

Meanwhile, on Friday, another police dog was deployed when a man stopped by the police in a car on the Manor estate fled.

It was discovered that the driver was ‘wanted’ by South Yorkshire Police for two offences.

A police dog was deployed to search for the missing driver, who was found hiding in a tree.

The 34-year-old man was eventually talked down and detained.

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