A suspected drink-driver who tried to hide from police was arrested after being sniffed out by a police dog.
The 65-year-old suspect had allegedly tried to evade officers who were looking for him after his car left the A1 and ended up in a ditch in Northumberland.
Shortly before 1am on Saturday, police received a call reporting that a Ford Fiesta had gone off the road on the A1 near Berwick.
Officers found the car in a ditch, with the lights on and the airbags deployed but no driver in sight.
Concerned for the driver’s safety, police conducted a search of the area with the help of the police helicopter and the dog unit.
Police dog Obi quickly sniffed out the driver hiding in a bush nearby and he was arrested.
A senior officer at Northumbria Police has praised the work of the specialist units including the six-year-old German Shepard.
Superintendent Craig Metcalfe said: “This was a fantastic effort by a number of different departments and a great demonstration of teamwork.
“The officers on the ground carried out extensive enquiries to identify and locate the driver.
“Then the added help of the police helicopter and PD Obi and his handler meant we were able to locate the driver so we could carry out the necessary enquiries surrounding the collision.
“Luckily no one was seriously injured in this collision but we’re urging all drivers to take caution on the roads and drive responsibly.”
The 65-year-old driver has since been released under investigation.