Police dog puts bite on man after 7-hour chase

A MAN was bitten by a police dog during an arrest in Toowoomba early this morning.

Police arrested two people after a seven-hour search across Wilsonton following reports of a theft from IGA on Bridge St.

Toowoomba Criminal Investigation Branch officer-in-charge Paul McCusker said the alleged stealing was reported to police shortly after 8pm after which time the man and an alleged female associate fled the area.

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"A short time later, a break and enter was reported (to police) which resulted in the police dog squad being deployed to the area," Det. Snr Sgt McCusker said.

"After several hours, the dog squad tracked the alleged offender to the Kingsford Smith Dr area with the eventual result of a man, 27, being found in a dwelling who was then taken into police custody.

"During the apprehension, the man sustained a bite from the police dog which required medical attention."

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The man was arrested about 3.30am.

He said a woman who police allege was an associate of the man in custody was also arrested.

"Investigations are continuing with respect to the offences alleged to have been done by the male person," Det. Snr Sgt McCusker said.

"Police are conducting a number of lines of inquiry with respect to the offences."

The man was taken to Toowoomba Hospital and is being treated for his injuries.



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