High-speed Sussex police chase leaves multiple vehicles damaged

High-speed Sussex police chase leaves multiple vehicles damaged

A high-speed police chase across the county of Sussex left a trail of destruction that included the wreckage of four police cars on Monday afternoon.

In a scene that wouldn't look out of place in a Jason Statham movie, Sussex Police pursued a suspected stolen van that appeared to be 'driving erratically' for 15 miles from the city of Brighton and into the surrounding countryside.
The chase only came to an end when officers used special traffic spikes to puncture the van's tyres, bringing it to a screeching halt.

The police were alerted to a grey Transit van being driven erratically in North Street in Brighton at about 3.45pm and a few minutes later it was spotted by police, but then drove off.

The pursuit then wound its way through the city, where the driver allegedly forced his way onto the A27 and the chase continued.

One eyewitness, who was on the dual carriageway at the time, said the van was being tailed by about 20 police cars.

It was finally brought to a stop at the Drusillas roundabout near Selmeston at about 4.15pm.

Chief Inspector Jayne Dando said: "Thankfully, nobody was injured in this incident, but it has caused a fair amount of disruption along the route and it was necessary to close the A27 at Selmeston for a while in order to remove the damaged vehicles.

"I appreciate that this was an inconvenience on a nice, sunny Sunday afternoon and I should like to thank everyone for their patience while this was carried out.

"Anyone who witnessed the incident is asked to call Sussex Police on 101 quoting serial 987 of 02/06."
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