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A CRIMINAL who attempted to hide during a police chase in a freezing reservoir was foiled by police dog Flint.

Simon Williams, of Elmdon, Solihull, leapt into Earlswood Reservoir and hid under a fishing jetty believing it would throw the three year-old German Shepherd off his tail.

Simon Williams, of Elmdon, Solihull, leapt into Earlswood Reservoir and hid under a fishing jetty believing it would throw the three year-old German Shepherd off his tail.

Officers had been pursuing the 28-year-old after he was seen driving a stolen Ford Fiesta along the M40 near junction six just after 6pm on January 29.

Blue light patrol cars followed Williams along the A34 to Solihull, as he sped through red lights at 50mph in 30mph zones.

The driver eventually jumped from the vehicle near the reservoir and tried to give officers the slip by fleeing through bushes but Flint wasn’t fooled and led police to the pontoon where Williams was arrested.

At Warwick Crown Court on Tuesday (February 28), he was jailed for six months after admitting aggravated vehicle taking, dangerous driving and driving without a licence or insurance.

Police Dog Flint’s handler, PC Mark Kent, said: “Officers managed to follow footprints but then lost track of the offender when he ran through a stream towards a crossroads where several paths met. Any offender who thinks they can shake a police dog off the trail by running through streams needs to think again because they’re able to follow airborne scents on top of the water.

“Flint tracked through the stream and along a path to the water’s edge where he indicated to me someone was hiding under the jetty. It was a great piece of tracking work, Flint enjoyed a treat whilst the offender was pulled shivering from the reservoir.”

 

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