Suspected Drink Driver Tracked for Two Miles by Police Dog
A suspected drink driver was arrested after a police dog tracked him for two miles along a cycle path.
Dyfed-Powys Police dog Storm and his handler PC Mike Barnsley located the driver following a collision on the B4343 between Bont and Tregaron on Sunday, 25 July.
Officers had attended the scene of the collision, discovering that a car had hit a tree and overturned – however, the driver was not present.
PC Barnsley said, “There were concerns that the driver could have been injured due to the significant damage to the car and blood inside it, so a search was immediately launched to find them.
“With PD Storm, I focussed on the cycle path running alongside the road, where Storm picked up a track and followed it for around two miles.
“Local response units accessed the cycle path ahead of us, while another unit searched from the main road along an unclassified road in the same direction.”
PC Barnsley and Storm reported a sighting of a man on the cycle path, and he was stopped and arrested on suspicion of drink driving.
Sergeant David Hawksworth said, “This was an excellent demonstration of teamwork and coordination by officers, whose good local knowledge resulted in the suspect being swiftly found and arrested.”