A dog handler and two other people were injured after a vehicle collided with the dog handlers van yesterday (30th) morning. .
A statement released by Northumbria Police said:
‘At around 10.50am, Sunday December 30, police received a report of dangerous driving on Hylton Road in Sunderland.
‘Police were deployed to the area after a silver Vauxhall Corsa was reported to be driving on the wrong side of the road and had collided with another vehicle before driving off.
‘Officers then received further calls from concerned members of the public at nearby locations.
‘Officers carried out a search for the alleged vehicle with the assistance of the police helicopter and whilst police were responding to the incident, the offending vehicle has collided with a police dog unit on Mowbray Road.
‘Two suspects and a police officer were taken to hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries.
‘One of the suspects, a 30 year-old man has been taken into police custody.
‘The police dogs involved have been checked over by a vet and are not seriously injured’.
A tweet shared on the Northumbria Police Dogs Twitter account also confirmed that the dogs were ‘ok’ but ‘shaken’ and that the dog handler is still receiving treatment for his injuries.
PD ‘Krush’, one of the sections general purpose dogs, recently made the headlines after nearly 100,000 people shared a video of him balancing some biscuits (and later a sausage) on his nose.
The video showed just how well-trained and obedient police dogs are.
The team here at ESN and ESH wish both the dogs and their handler a speedy recovery, whilst we also hope that the individuals responsible spend as much time as possible banged-up and off of the streets.
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