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Cop impaled on metal spike makes arrest with help of Police Dog

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A brave cop carried out an arrest despite being seriously injured. The police officer managed to impale himself on a metal spike during a foot-chase.

Luckily he managed to free himself and continued giving chase on foot, while loosing a lot of blood causing him to collapse.

But with the help of his police dog he still managed to arrest the offender something he does not think would have been possible without the help of his police dog.

Police Constable Dan Thomas suffered “significant blood loss” and collapsed during the chase before his Alsatian found the 22-year-old suspect hiding in a bush.

The cop suffered a serious flesh wound and needed 15 stitches after being rushed to hospital on Saturday.

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PC Thomas said: “I knew Gil was onto the suspect. I could see the blood pouring down my arm but was determined we had to keep on the scent and catch him.

“It was a good result in the end with two in custody – and we also recovered a stolen car that we believe the offenders arrived in.

“I’ve read a lot of kind words of support from members of the public – it’s very heart-warming and I really do appreciate all their best wishes.

“I hope to be back on duty in the near future.”

West Midlands Police confirmed “Gil indicated their target had clambered over an 8ft-high spiked fence,” he said.

“But as Dan lifted the dog over and jumped down, his jacket snagged and sent a spike tearing into his bicep.

“Despite the wound and with blood pouring down his arm, Dan continued tracking with Gil and, shortly after, found a 22-year-old man hiding in bushes.”

A 16-year-old boy was arrested and another escaped following a pursuit in Walmley in Sutton Coldfield.

Gill tracked down the second suspect and he was arrested on suspicion of attempted vehicle theft.

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PC Thomas, who has been with the force for 16 years, said: “I was tracking alone with Gil but the officers quickly found me and applied a tourniquet to prevent further blood loss.

“And I also want to thank the paramedics and doctors at the hospital for all their brilliant work.

“They said I was lucky and that with such a serious wound I could have suffered a very serious arterial bleed.”

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Trevor Sherwood
Trevor Sherwood
Trevor Sherwood is the editor and news reporter covering national and international news crime and policing news. Tweet your news and views to @TrevSherwoodPH

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