Five arrested as Land Rover hits police dog handler’s squad car

Five people have been arrested after a Land Rover rammed a police car which was carrying dogs inside.

The incident happened at around 3.20am on Monday, January 11, in Rowarth, in the Peak District, after an officer spotted the vehicle.

The Derbyshire Constabulary officer believed the driver of the Land Rover was acting suspiciously, so followed the vehicle to a farm.

However, it is claimed the driver of the Land Rover then drove towards the marked police vehicle, injuring the officer and causing significant damage to the car.

Two police dogs which were in the marked patrol car at the time were not hurt.

Following the collision, five people from Stockport were arrested on suspicion of conspiring to burgle homes in the High Peak area.

They are three men, aged 29, 30 and 39, and two boys, both aged 16. All are being questioned by police.

Officers say they believe the Land Rover is originally from Liverpool and are marking enquiries to find who the rightful owner is.

In a tweet, Derbyshire Road Crime Unit said the driver and dogs involved in the crash were left relatively unharmed.

“Fails to stop for High Peak Response before a standoff on a single track country lane with Derbyshire Constabulary Dog Section.

“Disco forces through but has zero talent and topples over. Five in the cells. Driver and dogs are fine.”

This was confirmed later by the Derbyshire Constabulary Dog Section, which tweeted: “Pleased to report Dan and PD’s Bodie & Lou are all ok.”

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