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Police helicopter helps capture Crawley car thief

The National Police Air Service were called in to assist after a chase through Broadfield and into Ifield.

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A man has been arrested following a police pursuit in Crawley.

About 12.15am on Wednesday 16 January, officers became aware of a stolen Volkswagen Transporter travelling north on the A23 close to Broadfield Stadium.

The vehicle was pursued to Hyde Drive, where it turned off the road and onto grass, before crashing into bollards.

The NPAS police helicopter from Redhill assisted in a search of the driver – who had decamped – and he was located in the area moments later.

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The NPAS team tweeted their success with:

A 40-year-old man, of no fixed address, arrested on suspicion of theft of a vehicle, dangerous driving and driving while disqualified, has been released under investigation pending further enquiries.

The vehicle was recovered for forensics investigations.

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Sussex Police release video of man sentenced after police chase through Crawley streets

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A man who hid underneath a vehicle in a bid to evade police has been sentenced.

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Officers were alerted to a man, Patrick McCabe, being asleep in the back of his car at a petrol pump at a service station in Copthorne Common Road, Copthorne, around 8.40am on Thursday, 21 November.

Two police cars arrived on the scene, one parking behind the vehicle and one in front of the vehicle. McCabe, 24 of Croydon Road in Caterham, woke up and rammed the police car parked behind his vehicle and made off from the scene.

Officers, assisted by the police helicopter, pursued McCabe who drove with excessive speed, almost collided with a transit tipper van and even drove on the wrong side of the dual carriageway.

Watch the pursuit in full below.

McCabe was tracked driving down a pedestrian path before fleeing from the vehicle and attempting to hide underneath a car in a nearby hotel carpark. He was detained by officers and charged with dangerous driving, driving without a licence, driving without insurance and two counts of criminal damage.

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The landscape gardener appeared at Lewes Crown Court on Friday, 20 December, and was given a 19-month sentence, suspended for two years, disqualified from driving for two years and 15 rehabilitation requirement days.

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