COUNTY NEWS: Man admits speeding through Sussex following high speed pursuit

Gavin Collett appeared at Crawley Magistrates' Court. Photo by Eddie Mitchell
Gavin Collett appeared at Crawley Magistrates' Court. Photo by Eddie Mitchell

A man has pleaded guilty to a series of driving offences following a high speed pursuit through Sussex.

Gavin Collett, unemployed, of Bramber Road, Broadwater, Worthing, appeared at Crawley Magistrates’ on Monday (March 14) charged with two counts of failing to stop at the scene of an accident, dangerous driving, driving whilst disqualified and driving without insurance.

The 32-year-old was arrested in Fratton, Hampshire, on Sunday (March 13), Sussex Police said.

Police spent more than three hours pursuing a motorcyclist on Thursday (March 10) after a man was seen speeding through parts of Sussex.

He was first spotted driving more than 100mph on the A24 southbound between Broadbridge Heath and Findon at around 2.37pm.

Police said he crashed in Offington Drive, Worthing, at the junction of the A27 at about 3.40pm before jumping back on his bike, ditching his helmet and making his way along the A27, via Durrington, to Shoreham.

He was then traced riding along Dyke Road Avenue, into Brighton city centre and down to Brighton Pier, before heading west to Portslade.

Police said he circled Brighton again before crashing for a second time at the barriers to the Churchill Square car park at about 4.54pm.

Collett pleaded guilty to the charges and was remanded in custody at Crawley Magistrates’ Court, police said.

He is due to be sentenced at Lewes Crown Court on April 12.

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