This is the great moment when Pancho the police dog manages to sniff car thieves in a scrap yard after a terrifying 100 mph chase.
Shocking dashcam video shows officers hurling bottles of alcohol and tools at their car as they tracked a stolen vehicle in Wolverhampton on November 11 last year.
The Ford Fiesta can be seen driving through red lights and on the wrong side of the road as it reached 100 mph along 30 mph residential streets.
This is the amazing moment when Pancho the police dog manages to sniff car thieves in a scrap yard after a terrifying 100 mph chase.
After exiting the car, two men entered a large junkyard and hid among 100 vehicles before being chased by police officer Dan Benton and his dog Pancho.
Body-worn cameras capture Pancho, the two-year-old Belgian Malinois, who leads his handler through the maze of destroyed cars to the burglar Callum Hopson, 20.
The wailing suspect can be heard pleading ‘I’m just a child’ before his 26-year-old brother Jamie Hopson also crawled out of hiding.
Body-worn cameras capture Pancho, two-year-old Belgian Malinois, who leads his handler through the maze of destroyed cars to burglar Callum Hopson, 20
Police also arrested driver of stolen car Morgan McTaggart, 20 and 18-year-old passenger Ashley Greatrex.
A court heard that the gang had previously opened shutters at a newsstand in Willenhall and left with £ 1,000 worth of tobacco plus alcohol and cash.
A police patrol unit picked up the Fiesta – stolen from Murdock Drive, Kingswinford, four days earlier – in Sedgley town center shortly after the break-in.
Disqualified driver McTaggart jumped through the red light, reaching speeds of 100 mph as his passengers hurled stolen bottles of liquor and hammers at the reaction car.
At one point McTaggart was driving on the wrong side of a dual carriageway and thought he’d skidded his police pursuers.
Pictured: Jamie Hopson (left), 26, and his brother Callum Hopson (right), 20
Pictured: stolen car driver Morgan McTaggart (left), 20 and 18-year-old passenger Ashley Greatrex (right)
However, the officers’ local knowledge led them to the car dump where they were arrested.
All four subsequently admitted the store burglary.
McTaggart, of Wolverhampton, also admitted that taking vehicles and driving in harsh conditions while prohibited was
Jamie Hopson also pleaded guilty to taking the Fiesta without permission and driving it while disqualified.
Pancho’s handler, PC Benton, said: ‘She detected a scent from the fence into the garden’
McTaggart was jailed for 34 months and Jamie Hopson, without a permanent address, was imprisoned for 30 months in Wolverhampton Crown Court on Monday.
Callum Hopson, of Wolverhampton, and Greatrex, of Bilston, were sentenced for 27 months and 15 months, respectively.
Pancho’s handler, PC Benton, said, “She detected a scent from the fence into the yard.
‘There must have been about 100 cars there, but she mainly paid attention to one row.
I couldn’t see anything, but she insisted. Pancho jumped on the hood of one of the cars and started pointing at the door.
Shocking dash cam video shows cops hurling bottles of alcohol and tools at their car while following a stolen vehicle in Wolverhampton on November 11 last year
Pictured: Pancho the police dog as a puppy
Then I saw some legs sticking out from under a stack of car seats.
I threatened to release the dog and, unsurprisingly, the boy came out and was quickly followed by another guy hiding nearby.
“It was all Pancho’s job, she sniffed it.”
Pancho is poignantly named after Detective Agent Andrew Taylor, who died in 2018.
A Corps spokesman added: “He was known as Pancho to his colleagues in the West Midlands Police Department.
“We’re sure Officer Taylor would have been proud of Pancho’s determination to catch the crooks.”