Someone stole and crashed a Toronto police vehicle with canines inside, police say

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Toronto Police have arrested a male suspect after allegedly stealing a police vehicle with two canines in the back before crashing it and attempting to flee. (Paul Smith/CBC - image credit)
Toronto Police have arrested a male suspect after allegedly stealing a police vehicle with two canines in the back before crashing it and attempting to flee. (Paul Smith/CBC - image credit)

A suspect has been arrested after allegedly stealing a police vehicle with two canines in the back before crashing it, police say.

Toronto police said officers were responding to a call for a break-and-enter in the area of Yonge Street and Lawrence Avenue shortly after 4 a.m. on Monday. Const. Robert Reid said officers were searching the area, when a male jumped into a police canine unit SUV and drove off.

Reid said the suspect eventually stopped at Lawrence and Keele Street after striking "street furniture."

The suspect was arrested at the scene and taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, police say. The dog was not harmed in the crash, Reid said.

Police have not yet released the suspect's age.

Insp. Craig Young said the suspect fled from the vehicle after crashing it and was trying to get into a taxi when officers arrived at the scene and arrested him.

"It was an audacious move on somebody to take a police car and engage in this kind of activity. It's just extraordinary," Young told reporters at the scene.

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Paul Smith/CBC

When asked how someone could steal a police vehicle, he said police are currently working to determine exactly what transpired and if an internal probe is required.

Young would not comment on whether there was any struggle between the suspect and officers during the arrest.

Roads in the area will remain closed for the next several hours as police investigate.