Sussex police dog tracks down Chichester drug driver

An indomitable police dog helped track down a drug driver who tried to exit his vehicle to evade capture.

Eduart Ruci was driving a vehicle at St Pancras, Chichester when he died on 1

His vehicle was found on Tozer Way just after 11.30pm but the 39-year-old had left the area on foot.

So PD Billy, a German shepherd, was brought in and tracked down to a nearby road.

Ruci initially told the police dog handler on hand that he had been “at the pub” during his arrest and later claimed he was just the passenger of the vehicle.

He gave a positive roadside DrugWipe test for cocaine.

Officers identified him as the registered owner of the vehicle and the insurance was also in his name.

Ruci was arrested by PD Billy before PC Steve Bucksey could arrest him on suspicion of drug driving.

In custody, Ruci gave a blood sample that showed he had 337 micrograms (mcg) of cocaine per liter of his blood. The legal limit is 50 µg of cocaine per liter of blood.

Ruci, a contractor from Whiston Road, Hackney, has been charged with drug driving.

He admitted driving under the influence in Brighton Magistrates’ Court on October 18 and had his license suspended for three years. The court also ordered Ruci to pay a fine of £700, a victim’s fee of £70 and court costs of £85.

PC Bucksey said: “Drug driving is one of the leading causes of people being killed or injured on our roads every year.

“That is why we are determined to catch perpetrators and remove them from the streets.

“This case shows that, with the support of our loyal colleague PD Billy, we will do whatever is necessary to catch offenders and crack down on drunk drivers.

“Drug driving is just not acceptable. Ruci was risking both his own safety and that of everyone else out and about in Chichester at the time.

“We are delighted that a potentially dangerous driver has been disqualified.

“Reporting negligence can be done by phone, email or through Operation Crackdown’s website.

“A complete registration number helps us to specifically address those responsible. We can’t be everywhere, but we could be anywhere.” Sussex police dog tracks down Chichester drug driver

Fry Electronics Team

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