A motorcyclist who exceeded 100 miles an hour on the A24 near Horsham and then narrowly avoided colliding with pedestrians and other vehicles during a high speed pursuit has started a jail sentence.
Police describe the behaviour of Gavin Collett as the most outrageous incident of dangerous driving they have ever seen in Sussex.
Collett, 32, was driving so fast when first spotted on the A24 southbound between Broadbridge Heath and Findon that the National Police Air Service helicopter was called in to track his movements.
A court heard he carried out a series of dangerous manoeuvres at various locations, including built-up parts of Worthing and Brighton on March 10 this year.
On several occasions he went straight through red lights while pedestrians were crossing, mounted pavements, travelled in the face of oncoming traffic and overtook vehicles with little room to do so.
Police reported that throughout the pursuit he consistently travelled at excessive speed and contravened numerous traffic laws across the county.
At Lewes Crown Court, Collett, unemployed, of Bramber Road, Broadwater, was sentenced to a total of two years in prison; 18 months for dangerous driving and three months for each of two counts of failing to stop after a road traffic collision. He received no separate penalty for charges of driving while disqualified and driving with no insurance.
He was also disqualified from driving for three years and must remain on licence for at least 12 months on release from prison. He admitted the offences at an earlier hearing.
His two-year prison sentence includes time already spent in custody from his arrest on March 13 .PC Ben Henwood, of the Sussex Police Road Policing Unit, who led the investigation, said: “Collett’s sentence is fully deserved, and it represents the massively aggravated nature of his behaviour over an extended period of time. While this is a good result from a policing point of view, the best result is the fact that no one was injured on that day, and we’re extremely thankful for that.
“We have reviewed the footage and this is without doubt the most outrageous incident of dangerous driving we have ever seen in Sussex.
“Throughout his journey, Collett showed a blatant disregard for anyone else’s safety and it’s a miracle no one else was hurt. Collett eventually handed himself in to police in Hampshire three days after the incident.