Saturday 10 December 2016

Chihuahua leads officers on a police chase across Bay Bridge

Published 04/04/2016 | 10:00

A Chihuahua is in animal custody after leading police on a chase across a major San Francisco bridge.

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The California Highway Patrol tweeted the small black dog "led us on quite a chase" on Sunday and posted a video of him running furiously on the upper level of the bridge while being trailed by motorcycle officer G Pumphrey.

After he was captured, the Chihuahua was taken to a San Francisco animal shelter where staff members named him Ponch, after the CHP officer Frank Poncherello played by Erik Estrada in the TV series CHiPs.

Officers posted images from the chase on their Facebook page seeking the public's help in finding the dog's owner.

A spokeswoman for the city's Department of Animal Care and Control said the dog wore a tag decorated with a human skull, but he had no identification.

Deb Campbell said the dog was recovering from its misadventure on the Oakland-San Francisco Bay Bridge.

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