Police chase accused facing jail after admitting offences

Police chase ends in Northcourt Road, Worthing. Picture by Eddie Mitchell SUS-141117-111325001
Police chase ends in Northcourt Road, Worthing. Picture by Eddie Mitchell SUS-141117-111325001

A MAN who led police on a dramatic chase across Worthing has been told to expect a jail sentence.

A MAN who led police on a dramatic chase across Worthing has been told to expect a jail sentence.

Terrence White, 24, of Pavilion Road, Worthing, pleaded guilty at Chichester Crown Court on Monday to dangerous driving and failing to stop when directed to do so by police.

Pierce Power, defending, said: “At about 9.30am on the morning of November 17, Mr White was involved in a significant police chase.

“He allegedly drove at speeds of 50 miles per hour in 30 mile an hour roads, going through red lights, mounting kerbs on occasion and driving on the wrong side of the road, all in an attempt to avoid police vehicles.

“When it came to an end, it caused damage to police cars and a garden wall.”

Mr Power told the court no alcohol was found on his breath when he was stopped and invited the judge to order a pre-sentence report before deciding his client’s fate.

He said: “He is 24, has never been to prison, and never been close to going to prison and for that reason we would ask your honour to read a full sentence report before sentencing.

“Mr White knows that a custodial sentence is likely, but if he was given a suspended term it would be knowing full well he would likely go immediately to prison on a next offence.”

White also pleaded guilty to driving without a licence and driving without insurance.

The chase, which ended when police rammed his Citroen Picasso into the front garden wall of a property in Northcourt Road, was captured on cameras mounted to police vehicles.

Judge Christopher Parker said: “I am going to adjourn sentencing until the whole sentence report has been compiled and the video of the incident has been seen.

“But Mr White, you must understand that unless there are exceptional circumstances, the sentence for you will almost inevitably lead to imprisonment.”

For the full story, see the Herald, out Thursday, December 18.