A man was located and detained by police dog Rocky after he allegedly made off from officers in a vehicle at high speed.

The Fiat Ducato van, which was seen by police at around 12:30am this morning (Friday 17th April), made off from police at high speed, driving the wrong way down the A19 and driving through roadworks.

The driver abandoned the just off the A19 southbound and made off from the vehicle.

Police dog Rocky, who is trained to track human scent, located a male a short distance from the A19 near Wolviston, in a densely wooded area. The man kicked and punch the police dog, resulting in a bite on the man’s leg.

The 33-year-old man, from the Billingham area, was arrested on suspicion of driving offences, driving under the influence of alcohol and an offence under the Animal Welfare Act in relation to harming a service animal.


The man was taken to the University Hospital of North Tees for treatment on the wound to his leg.

He remains in hospital receiving treatment at this time.