Would-be fugitive bitten by police dog, remanded in custody

Police dog generic photograph.
Police dog generic photograph. Valerie Horton

A 22-YEAR-OLD man bitten by a police dog during an incident in Drayton yesterday morning has been remanded in custody.

Police claim William Bonny Rowland was trying to avoid arrest after crashing an allegedly stolen car when he was chased and bitten by the police dog in Cambooya St about 3.30am yesterday.

He was taken to Toowoomba Hospital where he was treated for a bite wound to the back of his left thigh.

He was due to appear in Toowoomba Magistrates Court yesterday afternoon but remained in the watch house.

His solicitor Claire Graham told the court she did not require her client to be brought into court as there would be no application for bail at this stage.

Police accuse the 22-year-old of stealing a white 2011 Ford Escape from Churchchill in Ipswich before driving it to Toowoomba where the car was spotted about 3.20am, leading to his arrest.

He has not been required to enter any pleas to charges of unlawful use of a motor vehicle, fail to stop, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle while adversely affected, failing to remain at a crash, disqualified driving and obstructing police.

Ms Graham asked that her client's charges be adjourned to September 18 when he was due to appear on unrelated matters in the same court.

There being no application for bail, Acting Magistrate Roger Stark remanded Rowland in custody and adjourned all charges for mention in Toowoomba Magistrates Court on September 18.

Rowland's appearance in court on that day will be excused, Mr Stark said.

Topics:  dog bite police dog toowoomba

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