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Policeman 'impaled' on metal spike during chase

PC Dan Thomas is now recovering at home after having 15 stitches. Credit: West Midlands Police

A policeman has thanked paramedics after he was impaled on a metal spike during a police chase.

PC Dan Thomas, from West Midlands Police, was seriously hurt when his arm was pinned on the eight-foot high fence.

He needed 15 stitches and is now recovering at home - but only after the brave cop caught the suspect!

He said:

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!

– PC Dan Thomas
Police dog Gil now (left) and as a puppy. Credit: West Midlands Police

Thomas and his police dog Gil were among a group of officers called to Springfield Road in Walmley, Sutton Coldfield, on December 30th.

It was following reports of two men trying to steal a motorbike, and while officers arrested a 16-year-old man, Thomas and Gil began chasing another suspect.

Thomas lifted Gil over an eight-foot high spike fence but his bicep was impaled as his jacket snagged.

But determined Thomas carried on and shortly found a 22-year-old man hiding in some bushes. He was arrested on suspicion of attempted vehicle theft, along with the teenager.

Thomas with a different police dog, Janus. Credit: West Midlands Police

Moments later, Thomas collapsed due to significant blood loss and he was transferred to hospital.

Thomas added:

I was tracking alone with Gil but the officers quickly found me and applied a tourniquet to prevent further blood loss.

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.

– PC Dan Thomas