CCTV shows dangerous driver attempting to escape from police in Crawley

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This is the moment a teenage driver attempts to evade police by mounting a kerb in Crawley.

The shocking footage captured on camera in College Road, shows how he narrowly avoids colliding with officers on foot.

A total of 10 vehicles, including one police car, were damaged during the incident, which occurred at about 11am on Sunday 10th December.

Officers had located the blue Ford Focus near to Hazelwick Roundabout on the A2011 Crawley Avenue. The vehicle was identified as having been reported stolen.

A short pursuit ensued which led to the driver being detained and arrested in heavy traffic.

He was identified as 19-year-old Connor O’Reilly, unemployed, of Featherstone, Lingfield, Surrey.

He was subsequently charged with dangerous driving, failing to stop a vehicle when required to do so by police, driving without insurance and driving without a licence.

At Lewes Crown Court on Tuesday 9 January, O’Reilly pleaded guilty to all charges and was sentenced to 16 months in prison, suspended for 24 months.

PC Mark Robinson, who assisted in responding to and detaining O’Reilly, said: “O’Reilly’s blatant disregard for the law caused damage to several vehicles and compromised the safety of everyone in the vicinity, including numerous officers trying to apprehend him.

“Stopping when requested would have resulted in a considerably lower level outcome. Instead, he received a suspended sentence which means he’ll be walking a tightrope for the next 24 months.

“I would like to thank the members of the public in the queue of traffic at the time for their patience and understanding while we controlled the situation. It was a mercy that nobody was seriously hurt.”

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