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VIDEO: Ifield driver jailed after high speed pursuit through Crawley



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.”


“only thing missing is a free unicorn for the under fives” Reaction to Homes England 10K homes proposal less than positive



The reaction from residents after the Homes England public consultation events has been less than positive after representatives at the events failed to be able to inform visitors adequately as to what ‘could’ happen if the plans to build over 10,000 new homes get approved.

With large maps displaying the area under consideration as several hundred people attended the numerous consultations over the past week, it was left to the PR company representing Homes England to try to gauge public support for the plans.

But according to some this was less than forthcoming.

Reaction on social media has been highly critical of the ‘less than informative’ responses that the ‘consultants’ gave to questions that residents had with one taking to facebook to say:

“The only thing missing is a free unicorn for all the under fives. Watch out with this lot, they are a law unto themselves and assume the entire development is a foregone conclusion.”

One resident who asked to remain anonymous said:

“There were two MAIN points that most people wanted an answer to. The first was about flooding. How would they be able to contend with it. How would they prevent it. How would they be able to ensure it would not be a problem considering it was one of the major reasons the proposal had been declined twice in the past.

The answer? “We know we will be able to sort it if this all goes ahead”.

The second was about traffic and in particular about where the main arterial road would run.

The answer? “It would come in somewhere here (waving arm around the upper right hand corner of the suggested building site).

It was these types of answers which has riled visitors up and many left claiming they felt they knew less after the event than they did before it.

According to other visitors the general feel was that the consultants were promising the earth but unable to actually confirm what that was, which left to many to put pen to paper and to scramble together some of the promises given to them which included ‘six primary schools, a secondaryone GP surgeries and more.

A meeting of Talk Ifield takes place from 7.00pm to 8.30pm on Wednesday, 22nd January at Elim Church, The Mardens, Ifield, Crawley RH11 0HD to follow up on the consultations.

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