Motorcyclist jailed after high-speed police pursuit

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A motorcyclist who led police on a 100mph pursuit through Sussex has been jailed for two years.

Gavin Collett, 32, of Bramber Road, Broadwater, made headlines after being spotted speeding helmet-less on a Suzuki GSX-R on March 10 this year.

Crossing through red lights and speeding into oncoming traffic, he crashed the powerful motorcycle twice, first at a junction with the A27 near Worthing, and a second time at Churchill Square car park in Brighton, where he fled on foot.

Sussex PC Ben Henwood, who led the investigation, called the pursuit "without doubt the most outrageous incident of dangerous driving we have ever seen in Sussex".

He added: "Collett showed a blatant disregard for anyone else's safety and it's a miracle no one else was hurt.

"He went straight across the flow of oncoming traffic at ridiculous speeds, he went through the fully pedestrianised area of Montague Street in Worthing, he mounted pavements to undertake cars when pedestrians were present, and he travelled at breakneck speed between Goring and Ferring when there was no margin for error at all. He's lucky to be alive."

At Lewes Crown Court, Collett was sentenced to 18 months for dangerous driving, and three months each for two charges of failing to stop after a road traffic collision. He had previously admitted all the charges.

In addition, Collett was banned from the road for three years.

He had also admitted driving while disqualified and without insurance, but there was no penalty for those offences.

The time that he has already spent in custody since he handed himself in to police on March 13 in Portsmouth was included in the sentence.