A BRAVE police dog has been commended after tracking down two suspects who tried to flee the scene of a crime.

Police Dog Storm was travelling with his handler PC Raymond Martin last year when they came across a vehicle on its roof, straddling the hard shoulder and the inside lane of the M8.

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Glasgow Times:

The quick-thinking cop established that two men had fled the scene of the hit-and-run towards a nearby woodland, after speaking to witnesses at the scene.

PD Storm and PC Martin gave chase, with the hound picking up the scent of the two fugitives who had ran across several fields, a river and an electric fence.

The British Transport Police officer was zapped by the fence but was not badly injured and was able to carry on the pursuit.

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After the 3.5km chase, the two men were found, hiding beneath a riverbank and partially underwater.

Glasgow Times:

They were detained and charged with a variety of offences by officers from Police Scotland.

It’s now time for PD Storm to put his paws up and retire following seven years of service in Scotland.

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PC Martin and PD Storm were both awarded the BTP’s Bryan Trophy in recognition of their “invaluable contribution” in hunting down the two suspects.

Chief Inspector Pete Kooper said: “Huge congratulations are in order for PC Martin and PD Storm who demonstrated exemplary perseverance and determination in tracking two suspects who had tried their best to flee the scene of a crime.

“It’s a fitting end to an illustrious career in BTP for PD Storm who has spent seven years protecting the railway network in Scotland. We’d all like to wish him a very happy and much deserved retirement.”