Police dog Hunter and his handler have arrested a solo rider after he ran from police in Werribee last night.
Officers first spotted the rider in Osprey Street when checks of the motorcycle confirmed the registration plates to be stolen about 11.25pm.
As police tried to intercept the rider in nearby Pigeon Street the rider sped off towards Daphne Crescent Reserve.
It is believed the rider tried to mount a gutter into the reserve before he fell off the bike and ran.
A search by local police found a discarded helmet before the Dog Squad was called in.
PD Hunter and his handler attended the scene and following a search found the rider hiding in bushes in the front yard of a home in Hakea Court.
The duo arrested the 43-year-old man who has been taken to hospital for treatment to a laceration to his arm.
A quantity of suspected cannabis and alleged methylamphetamine was seized following the man’s arrest along with wire cutters and other items that could be used in connection with thefts.
The Werribee man is currently under police guard in hospital.
Westgate Divisional Response Unit is investigating and believe the Honda CB300 was stolen from Pacific Werribee Shopping Centre in November.
He is expected to be interviewed in relation to unlicensed driving, failing to stop for police, theft of the motorcycle and registration plates and possessing a drug of dependence and going equipped to steal.