updated 8/24/2006 6:48:13 PM ET 2006-08-24T22:48:13

On the bright side, the police chief knows this dog can really take a bite out of crime. Unfortunately, the chief's leg is going to hurt for a while.

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Seems Beemer the police dog chomped down on the leg of Ventura Police Chief Pat Miller.

It all started when Miller was on his way to a meeting and wound up helping his officers by taking part in a chase, which crossed over to Oxnard. The suspect eventually got out of his car, and Beemer's handler on the Oxnard force let the dog loose.

But the Ventura chief was wearing plain clothes, and Beemer made a boo-boo. The chief says the dog literally picked him up off the ground and bloodied his leg.

Beemer later redeemed himself by helping capture the suspect.

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