Police sniffer dog Yankee tracks down suspected drink driver after police chase

PD Yankee's efforts have not gone unnoticed. Credit: Kent Police

A man has been arrested on suspicion of drink driving after being caught by a sniffer dog called Yankee.

A patrol spotted a vehicle being driven dangerously on St Stephen's Hill in Canterbury shortly before 3am on Saturday, March 12.

They signalled for the car to stop but it made off from the officers.

The vehicle was found abandoned in Broadbank Way a short while after and the officers called for the assistance of a police dog unit in order to locate the driver.

Police Dog Yankee and his handler were in the area and attended the call.

Yankee helped track down the driver half a mile from where his car had been abandoned, after he failed to stop for officers.

PD Yankee picked up a scent and led his handler to Thanington Park, around half-a-mile away from where the car had been abandoned.

A man, matching the description of the driver, was located in the park and detained.

A man in his 30s from the Ashford area was arrested on suspicion of failing to stop for police, dangerous driving, driving whilst intoxicated, driving without insurance and driving whilst disqualified.

He has been released under investigation whilst enquiries continue.