Helicopter footage captures dangerous Somerset police chase

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Police have released aerial footage of an "idiotic" driver who tried to evade arrest in Somerset last year.

The motorist, who was disqualified from driving at the time of the incident, failed to stop when flagged down by officers.

Instead, he tried to escape the police by speeding away down country roads near Backwell, North Somerset, in a blue Ford Mondeo.

The footage, which was shot from the police helicopter in November 2016, shows him dangerously overtaking a bus on a corner and forcing a silver hatchback to take evasive action, then clipping a black SUV as he tries to squeeze past oncoming traffic.

After appearing to pick up a puncture in the crash, the man eventually abandoned the vehicle, but he was tracked down by the police helicopter and arrested after a short foot chase. He was later jailed.