A MAN failed to outrun police dog Vinnie following a police chase in Barnsley town centre yesterday.

While on patrol yesterday General Purpose Dog PD Vinnie and his handler sighted a reported stolen BMW 5 Series on Doncaster Road around 3:15pm.



An activation had been circulated for the vehicle after it was reported to have been stolen overnight from the Doncaster area.

After failing to stop, a pursuit commenced, with the driver reaching speeds of 80 mph and driving through red lights, before using the car to ram a police vehicle in Barnsley Town Centre in an attempt to make good his escape.

Unbeknown to the suspect, while attempting to ram the police car to flee from the scene, PD Vinnie was being released from his cage.

Vinnie’s handler directed him as he jumped from the car, shouting ‘Vinnie stop him’ and within less than 10 seconds the suspect was on the floor, ready to comply with officers.

The suspect, a 20-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of theft of a motor vehicle, failing to stop, dangerous driving and driving while disqualified. He has since been released on police bail.

Roads Policing Inspector Matt Collings explains more, he said: “Those who are involved in criminality are more likely to take risks on our roads and endanger innocent people.

“Throughout a pursuit we are monitoring the risks and balancing apprehending those involved in crime.

“Our dogs are an invaluable asset to policing and their drive and determination is commendable. PD Vinnie was able to quickly detain this suspect and ensure the recovery of a stolen vehicle.”