AN INJURED police dog managed to pin down a suspect despite the man slamming a car door on its head ‘multiple times’.
Alsatian Alfa detained the ‘violent and reckless individual’ after police spotted he was driving a stolen car with fake number plates.
The 36-year-old had tried to speed off after seeing flashing blue lights, but soon became stuck on a roundabout after reversing into a dog unit vehicle.
He struggled with an officer to keep the car door closed, repeatedly slamming it on Alfa’s head before being removed by the officer and held by the animal.
The car was spotted on Harrow Manorway, Bexley, south-east London, in the early hours of Thursday morning.
Alfa was taken to the vet for a check-up and kept there for observation but it is hoped he will make a full recovery.
The suspect has been arrested on suspicion of cruelty to an animal, theft of a motor vehicle, failing to stop for police, dangerous driving, going equipped to commit theft, criminal damage to a police vehicle and driving while disqualified and without insurance.
He remains in custody at a south-east London police station.
Supt Emma Richards said: ‘This officer and canine companion stopped at nothing to apprehend this violent and reckless individual, who showed no concern for the welfare of the public, police, or police animals in his actions.’