Dramatic moment police ram runaway driver’s car during high-speed pursuit

The dramatic moment police ram runaway driver’s car during a high-speed chase, after he was spotted driving 70mph through crowded roads, was caught on camera. 

The footage that was recorded on the police car’s video camera, shows the moment 23-year-old Luke Vicarey sped past an officer doing a speed check at Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex and embarked on a 70mph chase through crowded roads. 

After appearing at Lewes Crown Court, the 23-year-old  was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment.  

Luke Vicarey was first spotted speeding on November 20 and after failing to stop the officers, he made off at speeds of 70mph.

During the high-speed chase Vicarey was driving dangerously, forcing other vehicles on both sides of the road to take evasive action. 

Eventually the pursuit was called off for being too dangerous but Vicarey’s car was spotted again and another pursuit began. 

Luke Vicarey was seen speding past an officer doing a speed check at Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex on November 20

Luke Vicarey was seen speding past an officer doing a speed check at Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex on November 20

He ended up losing control of his vehicle and crashing into the police car. 

A spokesman for Sussex Police said : ‘Luke Vicarey was first seen around 7.15am on Friday, November 20 by an officer carrying out speed checks on Cooden Drive, Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex.

‘Vicarey was recorded driving at 42mph in a 30mph zone but when the officer signalled for him to pull over so words of advice could be given, he made off at speeds of 70mph.

After failing to stop the officers, the 23-year-old  made off at speeds of 70mph

After failing to stop the officers, the 23-year-old  made off at speeds of 70mph

‘The officer lost sight of the vehicle and began an area search along Herbrand Walk and Sluice Lane. He sighted the car again at the Wallsend roundabout and signalled for it to stop.

Luke Vicarey was sentenced to 12 months' imprisonment and was disqualified from driving for two years and six months

Luke Vicarey was sentenced to 12 months’ imprisonment and was disqualified from driving for two years and six months

‘However, Vicarey made off westbound along the A27 Pevensey Bypass. He made multiple dangerous overtakes in the middle of the road, forcing vehicles on both sides of the road to take evasive action.

‘The officer began a pursuit but called it off shortly after, as the risk to other drivers on the road – of which there were many at that time of day – was deemed to be too high.

‘Police continued their efforts to monitor the car’s movements and it was picked up on road traffic cameras heading back towards Hastings.

‘Officers positioned themselves on Combe Valley Way and around 8.20am, Vicarey was seen entering the road from the northern end. When he saw police, he attempted to make off at speed again, including driving the wrong way around a roundabout.

‘Police were able to make tactical contact to bring the car to a safe stop on the southern end of Combe Valley Way, and Vicarey was arrested.

During the high-speed chase Vicarey made multiple dangerous overtakes in the middle of the road

During the high-speed chase Vicarey made multiple dangerous overtakes in the middle of the road

The chase was called off but shortly after a second one began where he eventually lost control of the car

The chase was called off but shortly after a second one began where he eventually lost control of the car 

Vicarey crashed into the police car and was arrested

Vicarey crashed into the police car and was arrested

‘Unemployed Vicarey, of Albert Road, Bexhill-on-Sea, was charged with two counts of driving a motor vehicle dangerously, two counts of failing to stop a vehicle when directed to do so by police, driving while disqualified, using a motor vehicle on a road without third party insurance, exceeding a 30mph speed limit and fraudulently using a registration mark / document.’

After admitting all the offences Vicarey appeared at Lewes Crown Court where he was sentenced to 12 months’ imprisonment and was disqualified from driving for two years and six months. 

He must take an extended re-test should he wish to drive again. 

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