Police use ‘Stop Stick’ to halt Dangerous in his tracks

A Hailsham roofer has been disqualified from driving after carrying out a series of dangerous manoeuvres on roads around St Leonards and Hastings which police captured on camera.

This footage, from last May, has been released by Sussex Police to demonstrate the risks associated with such actions and the steps taken to target those who commit crimes on our roads.

Officers became aware of the blue Ford Focus after it performed an illegal right turn in St Leonards on the evening of May 10th last year.

The vehicle failed to stop and a pursuit ensued into Old Roar Road, where the driver of the Focus was faced with a dead-end barrier. However, he mounted the kerb and drove through a four foot high hedge.

The officers in pursuit called for assistance and the Focus was intercepted by other units on The Ridge, where it continued to drive at speed in an attempt to evade police.

At this point a Stop Stick – a tyre deflation device – was used and tactical contact made to bring the car to a halt.

Watch what happened here:


The sole occupant was identified as Jake Roberts, 24, a roofer, of Observatory View, Hailsham, and a small quantity of cocaine was found on his person. He was subsequently arrested and charged with dangerous driving and possession of cocaine.

He appeared before Lewes Crown Court last Wednesday, where he was sentenced to eight months’ imprisonment – suspended for 24 months – and disqualified from driving for 18 months.

He is also required to carry out 120 hours of unpaid work and pay a £140 victim surcharge.

If you witness an incident of dangerous or antisocial driving, you can report it online at Operation Crackdown.

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