Brave cop dog Zorro brings down car thief

2011-01-12 00:00

IN a dramatic series of events in the early hours of yesterday morning, a police dog named Zorro emerged as the hero as he chased down and caught a man who had stolen a car in Gamalakhe, near Port Shepstone.

At around 1 am yesterday morning, Wandile Dingezweni heard a noise outside his house in Gamalakhe. He woke in time to see his white Toyota Hiace being driven away from outside his property. He immediately informed the police.

Two on-duty police officers, Constable Matthew Newall and Constable Sipho Mpisane, spotted the stolen vehicle coming towards them at the Marburg intersection.

The officers indicated for the driver to stop, but the car sped past at a high speed,

Another on-duty officer from the South African Police Force (SAPF) K9 unit, Warrant Officer Michael Welsh, then spotted the vehicle moving towards Bhobhoyi.

Welsh followed the vehicle and fired shots at its tyres.

Unable to negotiate a bend in the road because of the punctured tyres, the driver then lost control and the Hiace left the road and crashed into some nearby bushes.

Welsh explained that the driver somehow managed to escape from the vehicle before it overturned, and ran away.

Enter Zorro.

Welsh stopped his police vehicle and released the dog, which chased the criminal and, in a matter of seconds, had brought down the car thief.

The suspect sustained facial injuries and a cut to his head after he fell to the tarmac.

He was taken to Port Shepstone Provincial Hospital to be treated for his injuries and will appear in a Rams­gate court tomorrow.

“The officers involved in the apprehension of the suspect must all be commended,” said Lieutenant-Colonel Zandra Wiid of the SAPF in Port Shepstone.

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