Image copyright South Wales Police Image caption Holpin climbed out of a patrol car opening in handcuffs

A fugitive was evened out by a police sniffer puppy – after hiding in a portable toilet.

Michael Holpin, 21, escaped from a prowl car in handcuffs by clambering out the window.

He went on the run for two days before being discovered in a roadside toilet.

Holpin, of HMP Parc in Bridgend, was jailed for ten months after acknowledging actual bodily injury, fleeing from custody, taking a vehicle without assent and driving without insurance.

Holpin was initially detained on 7 August 2018, for impressing his ex-girlfriend at her home in Llanhilleth, near Abertillery, before taking her car.

He told police they had the wrong men as well as the work requires apprehend his twin brother.

But Cardiff Crown Court heard it said that while offerings checked his identity, Holpin fled from the locked squad car and escaped.


However two days later he was discovered in a Portaloo cabin on a superhighway in Newbridge, Caerphilly, by police investigating an unrelated automobile crash.

In a victim impact proclamation, Holpin’s former partner said she was scared and “didn’t know” what he was capable of.

Jeffrey Jones, defending said there was “no aggression or violence” in his escape.

Holpin, who has 24 previous sentences, was too handed a five-year restraining notice prohibiting him from contacting his former lover and was banned from driving for eight months.

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