50-Mile Police Chase Ends in Arrest

A Brighton man was arrested after failing to stop for police and leading officers on a 50-mile chase.

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A man has been arrested following a dramatic 50-mile police pursuit spanning from Brighton to West Sussex. At around 4:30 PM on Thursday, July 4, police were alerted to a suspected stolen motorbike that had earlier failed to stop for officers.

Engagement with the motorcyclist began on the A29, where the suspect continued to evade police. The pursuit extended into West Sussex, passing through Storrington, Pulborough, and Steyning, with aerial support from the National Police Air Service (NPAS).

The chase returned south to Brighton, culminating at Peace Close where the suspect parked and was subsequently arrested at around 6:30 PM. The 20-year-old man from Brighton faces multiple charges, including dangerous driving, failing to stop, driving without insurance, drug driving, and driving without a licence. He remains in police custody at this time.

Police Constable Steve Bucksey, Motorcycle Casualty Reduction Officer of the Roads Policing Unit, said: “This was a concerning incident that could have had tragic consequences, but outstanding work from Sussex Police officers and NPAS meant it was resolved safely.

“We believe this was an isolated incident and we are not looking for any other suspects at this time.

“This was reported as a suspected stolen motorbike, and although it is believed that is not the case, it shows the action we will take towards stolen vehicles.

“We would like to thank the public for their patience while this was ongoing.”

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