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VIDEO: Ifield driver jailed after high speed pursuit through Crawley

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A motorist who led police on two high speed pursuits has been jailed for 32 months.

Sussex Police released this video to illustrate the significant risks associated with dangerous driving and the consequences involved.

About 8pm on Friday 6 September, officers on patrol in Crawley spotted a vehicle of interest on Crawley Avenue. They followed it at a safe distance and requested assistance from other units.

At this point, the silver Mini Cooper overtook another car in an attempt to get away. It reached speeds of up to 70mph in a 40mph zone, narrowly avoided colliding with other road users, and even drove the wrong way around Ifield Roundabout.

After the suspect drove down a pedestrian footpath in Broadwood Rise, Broadfield, the decision was made to make tactical contact with the vehicle to bring the pursuit to a safe conclusion.

You can watch some of the pursuit here:

The driver was identified as Louis Brown, of Lavington Close, Crawley.

Brown was arrested and charged with the following offences:

  • Dangerous driving;
  • Driving with no insurance;
  • Driving while disqualified;
  • And possession of cocaine.

The 28-year-old was remanded in custody to appear before Lewes Crown Court on Tuesday 10 September, where he was already awaiting sentencing for a string of previous offences.

He was arrested on the evening of 31 December 2018 after reaching speeds of up to 70mph in a 30mph zone in Faygate as he attempted to evade police.

On this occasion, he was driving a Land Rover Freelander, and he was detained in Forest Road, Colgate.

He tested positive for both cocaine and cannabis at the roadside, and was subsequently arrested and charged with the following offences:

  • Driving with 125mcg of cocaine per litre of blood in his system – the legal limit being 10mcg;
  • Driving with more than 800mcg of benzoylecgonine (the main metabolite of cocaine) per litre of blood in his system – the legal limit being 50mcg;
  • Driving with 6.5mcg of cannabis per litre of blood in his system – the legal limit being 2mcg;
  • Dangerous driving.

All eight offences were dealt with at crown court, and Brown was sentenced to a total of 32 months’ imprisonment. He was also disqualified from driving for 52 months from the date of his release, and ordered to pay a £140 victim surcharge.

PC Mark Robinson said:

“In my 12 years in policing, I have never seen anyone drive in such an appalling manner. Brown was clearly intent on evading arrest, and on both occasions his driving fell far below the expected standard of a competent motorist.

“Taking risks on the road significant increases your chances of being involved in a collision, and it’s fortunate Brown didn’t seriously injure himself or someone else.

“His sentence sends a clear message to others that dangerous driving and drug-driving are extremely serious offences which will not be tolerated, and anyone caught committing these crimes will be dealt with robustly.

“I’d also like to take this opportunity to urge anyone who believes someone is driving under the influence of drink or drugs to dial 999.

“Or, if you have any intelligence about drink or drug-drivers, you can report it to us online or via Operation Crackdown. You can also report it anonymously via Crimestoppers.

“Help us keep you safe on the roads, and catch those who compromise road safety.”

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Langley Green, Crawley teenage drug dealer jailed

A Crawley drug dealer has been handed a prison sentence.

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Saud Ali, 19, of appeared at Lewes Crown Court on 22 November after pleading guilty to drugs charges.

Police were on foot patrol in Warren Drive, Crawley, on Monday 14 October when they spotted Ali throw a package on top of a shed roof. He was pursued by officers and detained nearby.

The package from the roof was retrieved and a total of 76 wraps of class A drugs, crack cocaine and heroin, were discovered.

Ali of Fox Close, Crawley, was charged with two counts of possession with intent to supply class A drugs. He was remanded in custody and pleaded guilty to both offences.

Ali was given a four-year prison sentence in a young offenders institute, which includes the activation of a suspended sentence of a year.

Investigating officer Detective Constable Karen Young said:

“We welcome the sentence the courts have given to Ali and hope this shows the severity of his actions.

“Issues with drugs can have a large effect on the immediate community and we are dedicated to tackling this behaviour. On the day Ali was arrested, we were out conducting foot patrols and the diligent officers spotted Ali acting suspiciously in the area.

“Our work around drugs will continue in the area to ensure those involved are disrupted and brought to justice.”

Two men, 35 and 22 and both of no fixed address, were also arrested on 14 October.

They were both arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of class A drug and the 22-year-old was also arrested for acquire, use or possession of criminal property.

Both men were later released under investigation.

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