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Dangerous driver rang 999 to ask police to stop chase

Bruce Dewey has been jailed for 15 months Credit: Sussex Police

A dangerous driver who dialled 999 to demand police stop chasing him during a pursuit has been jailed.

Bruce Dewey, 36, took police on a 50-minute chase during rush hour on 22 February.

Dewey dodged stop sticks deployed to burst his tyres, weaved in and out of traffic and crossed onto the wrong side of the road before he was eventually stopped.

Officers had initially given chase after spotting him driving a Honda Legend in Worthing, West Sussex, knowing he only possessed a provisional licence.

But Dewey sped away and even managed to lose the police for a short time before the chase resumed.

Credit: Sussex Police
Credit: Sussex Police

As he continued, a police vehicle was put out of action when it became damaged before labourer Dewey was halted on the A27 at Sompting - damaging two more police cars in the process.

Now Sussex Police have published footage of the chase and the moment Dewey was stopped.

At Chichester Crown Court, Dewey pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence and driving without third party insurance.

He was jailed for 15 months and disqualified from driving for three years.

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But Dewey's actions in trying to avoid police through a busy Monday evening rush-hour could have had disastrous consequences.

For nearly 50 minutes he refused to stop for police units, avoided stop sticks deployed to try and burst his tyres and at one point called 999 and asked us to stop following him.

– Pc Peter De Silvo