Gelsenkirchen (dpa) - Police officers have used the new electroshock gun in Gelsenkirchen against a dog that its owner is said to have let off the leash in front of the officers.

The 51-year-old car driver was checked by officials on Tuesday evening because of a suspected accident escape, the police announced on Wednesday.

When the woman was supposed to come to the police station after a positive breath alcohol test for a blood sample, she behaved unreasonably and let the sheepdog off the leash.

She did not follow the repeated requests to put him on the leash again.

The animal was very aggressive and could not be caught.

To calm it down, the officers used the taser.

The dog was briefly housed in the animal shelter after veterinary care.

The owner was able to pick him up later.

The officers withheld her driver's license.

The driver of the other car had directed the police officers to the woman who is said to have driven away after the accident.

The police in North Rhine-Westphalia are currently testing the use of tasers with 70 devices for a year.

The selected locations are Düsseldorf, Gelsenkirchen, Dortmund and in the Rhein-Erft district.

The test operation is to be evaluated in spring 2022.


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