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Police officer manages to catch suspect – even after impaling himself on a fence

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Nicole Morley

Police officer manages to catch suspect - even after impaling himself on a fence
He still managed to catch the suspect (Picture: PA)

A police officer managed to catch a suspect despite impaling himself on a fence during a chase.

A grisly image shows how Pc Dan Thomas was injured by a spike while chasing a suspected motorbike thief.

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Pc Thomas sustained a hole in his arm as he and his police dog Gil found a 22-year-old suspect hiding in a bush in Walmley, Sutton Coldfield.

The gruesome image released by West Midlands Police shows a deep, bloody, medium-sized wound on Pc Thomas’ colourfully tattooed left bicep.

The spike appears to have torn through several layers of flesh after the officer’s jacket snagged on an eight-foot fence and it caught his arm.

Police officer manages to catch suspect - even after impaling himself on a fence
Pc Dan Thomas needed stitches after the dramatic chase (Picture: PA)

Police said the 35-year-old collapsed from ‘significant blood loss’ moments after the chase, which he had continued on after freeing himself.

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West Midlands Police Supt Phil Dolby said: ‘We have released this photo showing Pc Thomas’ injury with his approval.

‘It is undoubtedly a shocking image but illustrates the bravery of the officer to sustain such a nasty injury and yet continue pursuing a crime suspect for several minutes before himself receiving first aid.

He added: ‘A fantastic effort from Dan…a very brave West Midlands Police officer.’

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Pc Thomas was taken to hospital on Saturday where he received 15 stitches and he is now recovering at home.

He earlier thanked paramedics and doctors for their ‘brilliant’ work.

A man and a 16-year-old were arrested on suspicion of attempted vehicle theft and a stolen car was recovered.

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