A team of patrolling police officers in the southern province of Dong Nai crashed their car into a utility pole early Saturday morning when they were chasing two dog theft suspects.
No one was injured in the crash.
The officers said they caught two men trying to seize a dog on a road in Long Khanh Town.
The duo sped up their motorbike to escape. They reportedly flashed a high-powered light into the face of the driver behind, causing him to crash the police car into a utility pole.
But the motorbike also lost control and fell down. One of the two men ran away while the other was caught.
Police then found a dog with some lassos used to catch dogs.
In Vietnam, it is common that thieves steal dogs to sell for meat, at around VND150,000 (US$7) per kilogram.
Local media have reported numerous clashes between thieves and angry mobs, many of which were fatal.
Meanwhile, there have been more campaigns calling for an end to the dog meat trade.
According to the Asia Canine Protection Alliance, 5 million dogs are slaughtered for meat in Vietnam every year, and many of them are stolen family pets.