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Video shows driver overtake police car and start 150mph chase on A27

A motorist who led police on a chase at speeds of 150mph was branded 'reckless, dangerous and completely irresponsible' as he was prosecuted for dangerous driving and banned from the road for 20 months. 

Maeteusz Kryskow overtook the police car at high speed in his Audi A6 TDi as he raced along empty roads near Lewes during the first lockdown on May 10. 

Dashcam footage of the dramatic police chase was captured by Police Constable Andre Owen, of the Roads Policing Unit, who was on routine patrol on the A27 in Sussex on the evening the incident.

It shows the 33-year-old driver racing along with the officers in hot pursuit.

Kryskow appeared to be travelling with another car which stopped earlier in the chase.

A force spokesman said: 'While travelling eastbound towards Lewes, (Pc Owen) was overtaken by two vehicles travelling well in excess of the 70mph national speed limit.

'One car slowed as he caught up with them, but the other continued to reach speeds of up to 150mph.'

The spokesman said Kryskow, of Windmill Road, Polegate, pulled over his Audi when requested by the officer and he was summonsed to appear at Brighton Magistrates' Court where he was banned from driving for 20 months.

Chief Inspector Michael Hodder said: 'I am appalled by the manner of driving demonstrated by the defendant.

Maeteusz Kryskow was caught driving at speeds up to 150mph on the A27 near Lewes

'It's extremely fortunate he did not seriously injure or kill himself or someone else that day, and his actions can only be described as reckless, dangerous and completely irresponsible.

'There may have been fewer vehicles on the roads during lockdown, but that had absolutely no bearing on our decision to prosecute the driver – speed kills, and it's an offence we take extremely seriously.

'The faster you drive, the less time you have to react if something unexpected happens. It also massively reduces your chances of surviving a crash.'

Kryskow must take an extended re-test to drive again.

He was also given a community order, requiring him to carry out 80 hours of unpaid work, and ordered to pay £85 costs and a £95 victim surcharge.

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