A POLICE dog helped bring a suspected drug dealer to heel.

Officers pursued a car through Brighton and brought it to a stop in Church Street.

A passenger inside tried to flee from the silver Ford Fiesta toward Tichborne Street.

He was seen putting his hand down his trousers and resisted arrest despite warnings.

So PD Perry, an 18-month-old German Shepherd, was set loose to make sure the slippery suspect could not get away.

Perry bit the suspect in the arm to make sure the suspect could be arrested.

Officers say they found 120 wraps of class A drugs on the man’s person. In custody he was treated for “superficial cuts”.

Sergeant Matt Songhurst said: “As a newly trained general purpose dog who has only been in operation for four weeks, this was a steep learning curve for PD Perry. After hesitating initially, he grew in confidence as he complied with my orders, which enabled us to safely detain the suspect and secure the evidence, without us getting injured. PD Perry had never been confronted with this sort of situation. I am confident he will become successful asset to our force.”

An 18-year-old man of no fixed address, and a 24-year-old man from the West Midlands, were arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply a Class A drug (cocaine). They both remain in custody at this stage.