Driver who gave himself up was scared of being bitten by a police dog

Dramatic moment dangerous driver, 28, gave himself up after 100mph chase through city because he was scared of being bitten by a police dog

  • Richard Howard pleaded guilty to dangerous driving and jailed for 18 months 
  • The 28-year-old also admitted driving while disqualified at Warwick Crown Court
  • Gave himself up after 100mph chase because he feared being bitten by dog
  • Police bodycam footage has been released of the dramatic moment a dangerous driver gave himself up because he was scared of being bitten by a police dog. 

    Richard Howard, 28, was spotted behind the wheel of a silver Peugeot being driven erratically through Coventry in the early hours of February 5.

    A police patrol spotted the car and set off in pursuit. 

    Police bodycam footage shows Howard speed through narrow residential streets before being caught by police.

    The video shows Howard leap out of the car with his hands up begging cops to keep the police dog – called Gunner – on a lead.

    He later cold cops: ‘I didn’t want to risk being bitten by your dog.’

    Howard, of Binley, Coventry, was jailed for 18 months after he admitted dangerous driving and driving while disqualified at Warwick Crown Court.








    Dramatic footage shows the moment Richard Howard, 28, gave himself up to cops after a 100mph chase - because he was scared of being bitten by a police dog

    Dramatic footage shows the moment Richard Howard, 28, gave himself up to cops after a 100mph chase – because he was scared of being bitten by a police dog

    Lying on the ground, Howard, as he was arrested. The 28-year-old told Sgt Simpson he didn't want to come face-to-face with police dog Gunner who was ready for action in the back of his patrol car

    Lying on the ground, Howard, as he was arrested. The 28-year-old told Sgt Simpson he didn’t want to come face-to-face with police dog Gunner who was ready for action in the back of his patrol car

    Police dog gunner, a German Shepard, who supports 'Arsenal Football Club' and provides general and firearms support

    Police dog gunner, a German Shepard, who supports ‘Arsenal Football Club’ and provides general and firearms support

    A police patrol spotted the car and set off in pursuit

    Police bodycam footage shows Howard speed through narrow residential streets before being caught by police

    A police patrol, left, spotted the car and set off in pursuit. Police bodycam footage shows Howard speed through narrow residential streets before being caught by police

    The video shows Howard leap out of the car with his hands up begging cops to keep the police dog - called Gunner - on a lead

    The video shows Howard leap out of the car with his hands up begging cops to keep the police dog – called Gunner – on a lead

    Sergeant John Simpson, of West Midlands Police, who chased Howard, said: ‘Our amazing police dogs’ reputation obviously precedes them: they don’t even need to get out of the car for them to have a big impact.

    ‘In fairness to Howard it was a very sensible decision to pull over.

    ‘He’d been flying over speed humps at close to 100 miles per hour and, although it was the middle of the night and the roads were largely empty, it was very dangerous and could have ended with him or someone else being seriously hurt.

    ‘And if he had tried to outrun Gunner there would only ever have been one winner.