Two men have been arrested after a high-speed pursuit between Polegate and Eastbourne yesterday (July 7).
A 37-year-old Peacehaven man and a 43-year-old Brighton man have been arrested for a variety of offences linked to the incident and are currently in police custody to await questioning.
The chase began around 4.20pm after an officer at the Roads Policing Unit base in Gilda Crescent, Polegate, noticed two men loading a moped into a small white van in the railway station car park.
Traffic officers tried to stop the van in Polegate High Street but it made off at speed, taking the A2270 Willingdon Road towards Eastbourne.
Police say the van, which was travelling at speeds up to 70mph, was seen swerving onto the wrong side of traffic islands and forcing other traffic to get out of the way the van. Officers say they chased the van, which they believe was stolen, through King’s Drive roundabout onto Cross Levels Way.
Sussex Police say the van then briefly stopped and reversed into a following patrol car, causing minor injuries to an officer, before collisiding with two other vehicles.
Police say it also swerved into a patrol car at the top of Lottbridge Drove while attempting to overtake it but was itself forced onto the verge. Two men inside the van ran off as it came to a halt but were quickly detained by officers nearby.
Inside the van various items of stolen property were discovered, including items believed to have been stolen from the South Downs College in Eastbourne.
Anyone who witnessed any elements of the pursuit or the collisions which occurred is asked to email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 101, quoting serial 1082 of 07/07.
Alternatively they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 (www.crimestoppers-uk.org).
Photo courtesy of Graham Button.
Don’t miss out on all the latest breaking news where you live.
Here are four ways you can be sure you’ll be amongst the first to know what’s going on.
1) Make our website your homepage
2) Like our Facebook page
3) Follow us on Twitter
4) Register with us by clicking on ‘sign in’ (top right corner). You can then receive our daily newsletter AND add your point of view to stories that you read here.
And do share with your family and friends - so they don’t miss out!
Always the first with your local news.
Be part of it.