Super sniffer police dog Pancho strikes again
We’ve released helicopter camera footage showing the moment one of our police dogs chased down a man as he tried running from us in Birmingham this morning (19 July).
PD Pancho and handler PC Dan Benton were called to Gracewell Road, Birmingham, at around 1am after a man bolted from a car which had earlier failed to stop for a traffic patrol unit.
It was pursued for ten minutes as it drove the wrong way down one-way streets and jumped red lights – but it ground to a halt when we ‘stung’ its tyres.
The driver tried fleeing but, as video from the thermal imaging camera shows, he was no match for Pancho who pounced and pinned the man down before he was arrested.
A 25-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving, failing to stop for police and driving under the influence of drugs.
Pancho’s handler, PC Dan Benton, said: “It was pitch black and there were loads of bushes for the suspect to hide in, but that didn’t stop Pancho. She was straight on the scent and managed to quickly detain the man.”
The two-year-old Belgian Malinois is poignantly named after one of our former detectives, DC Andrew Taylor, who sadly passed away in 2018. He was known as Pancho to his colleagues in West Midlands Police.