Dramatic footage shows police chase after driver found asleep at petrol station

Tim Baker

Dramatic footage shows the moment a driver caught sleeping at a petrol station rammed into a police car before speeding off and hiding under another vehicle.

Patrick McCabe was spotted asleep in the back of his car at a petrol station in Copthorne, West Sussex, in November last year.

Officers parked their patrol cars in front and behind the 24-year-old's car before they went to wake him up.

But McCabe jumped behind the wheel of the car and rammed the patrol vehicle behind him before speeding off.

Footage from before the police chase (PA)

The officers set off in pursuit and, with the help of a helicopter, managed to find the fleeing suspect trying to hide under another car.

A spokesman for Sussex Police said: “Officers were alerted to a man, Patrick McCabe, being asleep in the back of his car at a petrol pump at a service station in Copthorne Common Road, Copthorne.

“Two police cars arrived on the scene, one parking behind the vehicle and one in front of the vehicle.

The man was arrested as he tried to hide under a car (PA)

“McCabe woke up and rammed the police car parked behind his vehicle and made off from the scene.

“Officers, assisted by the police helicopter, pursued McCabe who drove with excessive speed, almost collided with a transit tipper van and even drove on the wrong side of the dual carriageway.

“McCabe was tracked driving down a pedestrian path before fleeing from the vehicle and attempting to hide underneath a car in a nearby hotel car park.”

McCabe, of Croydon Road, Caterham, Surrey, was sentenced at Lewes Crown Court for dangerous driving, driving without a licence and without insurance and two counts of criminal damage.

He was given a 19-month prison sentence suspended for two years, banned from driving for two years and order to carry out 15 rehabilitation days.

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