VIDEO: Police release footage of 118mph pursuit

Colin Pollard
Colin Pollard

Police have released footage showing how dangerous driver Colin Pollard refused to stop for officers during a long pursuit in West Sussex, at one point driving at 118mph.

At 3.45am on December 7, officers in a marked patrol car signalled for Pollard to stop after they saw him driving a silver Renault Laguna in Northgate Avenue, Crawley.

A police spokesman said Pollard (pictured) ignored the flashing blue lights and sped up to 80mph in the 40mph area towards a roundabout, where he went the wrong way down a slip road, drove the wrong way around the roundabout twice before exiting onto Crawley Avenue on the wrong side of the carriageway.

He drove the wrong way down the dual carriageway until he turned onto Balcombe Road, again going the wrong way along the slip road.

In Turners Hill Road, where the speed limit is 30mph, Pollard accelerated to more than 90mph, veering onto the wrong side of the road several times for no apparent reason.

He continued along Wallage Lane, Turners Hill Road and then onto the A264 towards Crawley, reaching 98mph in the 50mph area.

Pollard went the wrong way around the Copthorne roundabout and then the roundabout at junction 10 of the M23 before heading onto the motorway and heading south.

He accelerated to 118mph before slowing down, after which police forced him to stop.

Pollard, 29, of Sackville Gardens, East Grinstead, was jailed for a year after he admitted dangerous driving, driving while disqualified, driving without insurance and failing to stop for police when he appeared at Lewes Crown Court.

Chief Inspector Phil Nicholas, of Surrey and Sussex roads policing unit, said: “Pollard’s driving put everyone else on the roads in danger.

“He was driving well above the speed limit, often on the wrong side of the road and if anyone had crossed his path there would have been a serious accident.

“The simple truth is that Pollard could have killed someone.

“He knew he shouldn’t have been driving but didn’t want to be arrested so instead gambled with his life and the lives of other drivers in the area.

“On this occasion he got away with only being jailed. On other night he could have been killed.”

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