Police are investigating the theft of a dog handler’s vehicle in Christchurch this morning.
The dog handler had been attending an incident in Hoon Hay when the theft occurred.
“An offender had been located and sustained a dog bite, however he managed to evade arrest and entered the vehicle, which had been left running, using it to flee,” Police said in a statement.
“The vehicle was pursued for a short time by other units, however they lost sight of it.”
It was then discovered abandoned on Sheppard Place, St Albans, shortly after 8am.
Staff immediately conducted area enquiries to find the man, however he has not been located at this stage, Police said.
“The officer’s ID card was stolen, along with a petrol card, however no other Police items or equipment were taken.”
“The vehicle will be now be towed and forensically examined,” Police said.
During the pursuit of the vehicle, two police patrol vehicles also collided at the intersection of Straven Road and Rata Street.
No officers were injured in the crash, however the patrol cars sustained moderate damage.
An internal investigation is now underway to determine the full circumstances of the incident.
Police are also still seeking the man involved.
Anyone who has information about the man or his location is urged to call 105, or you can give information anonymously through Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111.