A DOG was rescued from the roadside by police after surviving a brush with death.

Officers shared an image of their unexpected passenger in a police car, after the pet was almost run over earlier today.

Thames Valley Police's roads team said the dog, which appeared to be a black labrador, was 'nearly hit by a vehicle near Abingdon.' 

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Posting on the force's Facebook page, they added: "Our unexpected crewmate has now been reunited with her owner.

"Thank you to the member of public who stopped with a lead."

Dozens of people have commented thanking officers for keeping the animal safe.