A BURGLAR involved in a high-speed car chase with police ended up being sniffed out by a police dog and captured.
The unusual circumstances surrounding the arrest of Andrew Murphy began when a milkman became concerned that he was being followed on his rounds by two men in a car.
Fearing he would be mugged, the milkman drove to a police station in his milk float to get help.
Police traced the car – but it sped off and a high speed chase developed.
Murphy, 26, of Brymbo, was driving and when he got stuck up a dead end lane he jumped over the bonnet of a police car and fled over fields.
A police tracker dog was called in and Murphy was found hiding in a ditch.
He put up such a fight that he ended up being bitten by the police dog, being struck by a police baton, and sprayed with incapacitant.
Mold Crown Court heard yesterday that it was thanks to that arrest that a serious house burglary 24 hours earlier was solved.
Stolen items found at his home linked him to the burglary at Miller Road, Brymbo, when a large screen television, two laptop computers and an ipad were stolen, together with the keys to an Audi and a Fiesta, which were taken from the drive.
Murphy, of Lamberton Drive, Brymbo, was jailed for 27 months, banned from driving for two years and ordered to take an extended driving test after he admitted burglary, taking two vehicles and dangerous driving.
Judge Rhys Rowlands said that the burglary on July 10 was a serious one carried out while the family slept in their beds.
A couple and their two young children were in the house when the valuable property cars were taken.
Then in the early hours of July 11 a milkman contacted police to report that he was being followed. Murphy was ‘tail-gating’ him and he was so concerned he drove to the police station.
When officers came across Murphy in the car he sped of and drove on the wrong side of the road. He was followed down country lanes and when he was forced to stop he fled on foot, the judge said.
Prosecuting barrister Karl Scholz said that it was not known how the defendant had entered the house in Brymbo but once in electrical items were taken together with ignition keys to the two family cars.
The stolen Audi was seen parked in Lamberton Drive the following day, which was close to the defendant’s flat, but the significance of the location was not realised at that stage.
It was only after the bizarre incident after which the milkman contacted the police and Murphy was arrested that the link was made.
Murphy, when found hiding in the ditch after the police chase, suffered a dog bite, the use of a police baton and incapacitant spray before he resigned himself to capture. He was taken away in handcuffs and leg restraints.
While being taken for treatment for the dog bite at Wrexham Maelor Hospital, Murphy started to spit at a police officer in the car – so a hood was placed over his head.
John Wyn Williams, defending, said that drugs were his client’s problem and said he had been taking cocaine the night he was captured.
There had been no ransacking or confrontation in the burglary and no one had been hurt during the police chase, he said.
He was trying to get rid of his addiction to drugs while in custody.
A 17-year-old youth who was in the passenger seat of the car chased by police admitted handling stolen goods and he was sent back to the youth court at Wrexham for sentence.
Speaking after the case, investigating officer, DC Lynne Willsher at Wrexham CID said: “People should not have to fear strangers coming into their homes and stealing their personal items and this sentence demonstrates that criminal behaviour will not be tolerated by North Wales Police or by the courts.
“The community have a right to live without the fear of crime and the sentencing reflects the judiciary hold the same view.
“Rest assured that North Wales Police will constantly pursue offenders in order to prevent offending so that the public can feel safe”.