A 19-year-old from Leighton Buzzard was arrested on suspicion of joyriding and intending to supply drugs.
At around quarter past midnight on Saturday, May 23, police on patrol in Bramingham Road, Luton, signalled a Vauxhall Corsa to stop but it is alleged it failed to do so.
The vehicle was followed until it stopped in Dunstable Road where the occupant ran from it.
A number of officers attended the area, including a dog and handler from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire (BCH) Dog Unit.
Police Dog Nero was deployed and was soon searching around the local area. He soon led his handler, PC Clive Warncken, to a garden where a man was found. He was arrested on suspicion of the aggravated taking of a motorvehicle and supplying a controlled drug.
PC Warncken from the BCH Dog Unit said: “Our dogs are chosen specifically for their excellent sense of smell, agility and temperament. These attributes make them ideally suited to assist their handlers and other officers at numerous types of incidents.”