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A teenager who sparked a police pursuit in Dunedin was bitten by a police dog after allegedly threatening the animal and its handler with a knife following an abandoned chase.
The incident unfolded after police were called to Bayview Rd yesterday where the 16-year-old appeared to be removing the bonnet of a stolen Subaru WRX.
As he fled the scene in the stolen vehicle, the youth allegedly nearly ran an officer over, and the pursuit was initiated.
It was abandoned shortly after as the teen "recklessly overtook" a vehicle by moving into oncoming traffic and drove through a stop sign on Forbury Rd, Senior Sergeant Craig Dinnissen, of Dunedin, said.
The youth was located by police returning to a property in South Dunedin where, on being confronted, he allegedly threatened a dog handler and the dog with a knife.
The dog bit the teen, who has since received medical attention.
The 16-year-old was arrested at 6.25pm yesterday and will appear in the youth court today.
He faces six charges, including his second charge of disqualified driving, after a previous incident on March 30.
It is likely he will be sent to a youth facility in Christchurch, police said.