Man allegedly punches police dog, gets bitten on penis
A MAN who was bitten on the penis after allegedly punching a police dog in the face is in police custody.
Zane Thomas Smith had been on the run for several days after an alleged robbery at Mooloolaba, where he allegedly bashed a woman and stole a motorcycle.
The 23-year-old Peregian Springs man was tracked to a house in Pomona, where a police dog sniffed him out hiding in a hallway cupboard.
The dog bit Smith on the penis, piercing his main blood vessel, after he allegedly punched the dog in the snout.
Smith spent a week at Nambour General Hospital under heavy police guard to repair the puncture wound.
He was taken to Maroochydore Police Station and charged with serious assault, drug possession, unlawful use of a motor vehicle, and two charges of obstructing police on the weekend.
The charges were adjourned to September 23.
A police spokesman said the experienced police dog was under control of the handler during the Pomona incident.
He said the dog responded as it had been trained to respond.
The incident was yesterday subject to an internal police review.