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Video: Police dogs and drones locate suspected drug-driver at ASDA West Bridgford

Both occupants fled on foot, with one seen running through people’s gardens in the direction of Asda in Loughborough Road.

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A suspected runaway driver was sniffed out in a grounds of a West Bridgford supermarket by a combination of a police dog and a drone.

Officers were pursuing two men in a car that failed to stop when the vehicle crashed and hit a lamppost in Collington Way at around 6.20 pm yesterday (Sunday 7 June).

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Both occupants fled on foot, with one seen running through people’s gardens in the direction of Asda in Loughborough Road.

Officers on the ground were unable to locate one of the men but believed the other was hiding in the supermarket grounds.

A police dog soon sniffed out a scent and directed officers to a ladder at the side of a large storage cylinder at the back of the building.

Nottinghamshire Police’s Drone Unit was then able to confirm that a suspect was indeed hiding on its roof.

After a brief discussion with officers on the ground, the man climbed back down and gave himself up.

PC Jon Stone, who was flying the drone yesterday, explained: “We were pretty sure one of the suspects had run into the grounds of Asda and was hiding somewhere. Then one of the dogs picked up a scent on a ladder leading up the side of a large storage facility.

“We were able to check that he was definitely up there before officers on the ground got involved.

“Between the dog and the drone, it was pretty clear he had no means of escape so he gave himself up.

“I always say that the drone unit is just a small part of a bigger team and it was great to see that teamwork in action yesterday.

”A 30-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving, failing to stop, and driving under the influence of drugs.

Nottinghamshire Police’s Drones Unit has now been involved in the arrest of more than 40 suspects since it was launched in January this year.

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