Van driver hid in wheelie bin during police chase

Police dog Sam from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire (BCH) Dog Unit

Police dog Sam from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire (BCH) Dog Unit

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A van driver who hid from police in a wheelie bin was arrested after being sniffed out by the force’s dog unit.

Charlie Murray, 24, of Gable Close, Abbots Langley has been charged with three offences following the incident in Bedmond.

Police dog Sam from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire (BCH) Dog Unit

Police dog Sam from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire (BCH) Dog Unit

Herts Police say that the incident happened at around 8pm on Friday (July 24). Officers on patrol had signalled for Murray, who was driving a Transit van, to pull over in the High Street but he failed to do so.

The vehicle was later found in Chapel Way but there was no-one in it.

Police dog Sam and his handler were called to help officers search the area for the driver.

A short while later, someone was seen climbing over a fence of a garden so while other officers contained the area, Sam and his handler began to search nearby gardens.

After searching several gardens, the German Shepherd led his handler to a wheelie bin where a man was found inside.

He was then detained by officers.

Murray has now been charged with three offences:

> Driving otherwise than in accordance with a driving license;

> Driving whilst uninsured;

> Failing to stop a motor vehicle when required.

Sergeant Vicky Stoughton from the BCH Dog Unit said: “All of our dogs work brilliantly not only with their handler but as part of a wider team of police officers.

“This allows us to effectively respond to, and assist at, a large number of different incidents.”

Murray is due to appear at Central West Herts Magistrates’ Court on September 4.