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Man caught by PD Blue sentenced to two years imprisonment



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A man who attempted to evade officers, but was caught by a police dog has been sentenced to two years imprisonment.


Twenty-six-year-old Elroy Samuel of Boscombe Court, Letchworth appeared at Peterborough Crown Court on Wednesday, July 12.


He was charged in connection with six offences:


  • Aggravated vehicle taking
  • Dangerous driving
  • Using a vehicle without insurance
  • Driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence
  • Failing to stop after a road traffic accident
  • Failing to stop for police

The charges relate to an incident that occurred on the afternoon of September 26, 2016 in Baldock.


At around 4.20pm officers on patrol on the A507 requested Samuel to stop. He was driving a black convertible BMW.


Samuel refused to stop and subsequently collided with a silver Nissan in Norton Mill Lane. Thankfully the driver was unharmed. Samuel then ran from the vehicle.


Pursuing officers lost sight of him and so assistance was requested from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Dog Unit.


Police Dog Blue and his handler arrived within ten minutes and the German Shepherd immediately picked up the scent of Samuel as he fled.


Blue’s nose led his handler down a footpath, into thick bushes and across a knee-deep stream. He continued to track over fences, fields and another stream before finding a jacket believed to belong to the driver.


The determined canine followed the scent down country lanes and into farmyards before leading his handler towards the A507.


After a significant track, which covered two miles and lasted almost an hour, Blue located Samuel hiding in thick undergrowth near the road, not too far from Stotfold. He was then arrested.


In addition to being imprisoned for two years, Samuel was also disqualified from driving for three years. After this he will be required to retake a driving test.


Sergeant Cray Birch from the BCH Dog Unit said: “This is another great example of how our team supports officers across the three counties in bringing offenders to justice.


“Our dogs and handlers are highly trained and determined, as demonstrated by Blue and his handler’s prolonged tracking. I am very grateful for their work as they proved to be an invaluable asset at this incident.”


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