Nottinghamshire Police has released drone footage (scroll down for video) of the moment when their drone and dog units came together to track down a driver who had made off from the police.
At around 18:20 hours on Sunday 7th June, specially trained pursuit officers were hot on the tail of two men who made off from them when the police indicated for them to stop.
The fleeing vehicle crashed and hit a Lampost in Collinton Way.
Both suspects decamped from the vehicle and fled on foot. One of the males was seen running through residents gardens.
Officers managed to track down one of the males, but could not find the second who they believed was hiding in the grounds of a supermarket.
It did not take long for a police dog to sniff out the scent of the second male. The police dog indicated to his handler that the suspect had climbed some ladders, which led to the roof of the supermarket.
Nottinghamshire Police’s Drone Unit was then able to confirm that the suspect was indeed trying to hide on the roof of the building.
Officers managed to convince the male to come down after it became evident that he had no chance of escaping.
PC Jon Stone, who was flying the drone, said:
“We were pretty sure one of the suspects had run into the grounds of Asda and was hiding somewhere.
Then one of the dogs picked up a scent on a ladder leading up the side of a large storage facility. We were able to check that he was definitely up there before officers on the ground got involved.
“Between the dog and the drone, it was pretty clear he had no means of escape, so he gave himself up.
“I always say that the drone unit is just a small part of a bigger team, and it was great to see that teamwork in action yesterday.”
A 30-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving, failing to stop, and driving under the influence of drugs.
Nottinghamshire Police’s Drones Unit has now been involved in the arrest of more than 40 suspects since it was launched in January this year.
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