Man Bites Police and Their Dogs – Or So It Is Said

A suspect who was fleeing from policemen and their canine unit is reported to have bitten one of the officers and two of the dogs. 

Last month in Johannesburg, South Africa, police came upon a man who was sleeping where a stolen trailer was found. In his sleep, the man was clutching some keys. The officers awoke him and soon began fighting him. He bit one cop, then stripped naked and ran into the bushes. At this point, two nearby police dogs which had remained idle during the battle took up the chase. Upon finding the man, he bit one dog and then the other. After that, he was captured.

Is this an illustration of the old saying, “let sleeping dogs lie”? Or does it illustrate something entirely different?