Cars damaged as police chase van to Selmeston

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Four police cars were among a number of vehicles damaged when a van that failed to stop for police in Brighton was brought to a halt on the A27 near Selmeston yesterday (June 2) afternoon.

Police were alerted to a grey Transit van being driven erratically in North Street, Brighton, around 3.45pm.

A few minutes later it was spotted by police, but drove off.

During the pursuit it was involved in a number of damage only collisions with police and private vehicles.

It was finally brought to a stop using stop sticks to puncture its wheels at the Drusillas roundabout about 4.15pm.

Chief Inspector Jayne Dando said: “Thankfully, nobody was injured in this incident, but it has caused a fair amount of disruption along the route and it was necessary to close the A27 at Selmeston for a while in order to remove the damaged vehicles.

“I appreciate this was an inconvenience on a nice, sunny Sunday afternoon and I should like to thank everyone for their patience while this was carried out.

“Anyone who witnessed the incident is asked to call Sussex Police on 101 quoting serial 987 of 02/06.”

A 35-year-old man from West Drayton was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving, driving under the influence of drink or drugs, failing to stop and theft.

A 25-year-old man from Slough was arrested on suspicion of being carried in a stolen vehicle.

Both were in custody on Sunday evening.