The police helicopter was assisting in an off-road pursuit with a wanted man just outside Eastbourne this morning (July 14).
The man was spotted in a car near Hailsham earlier and has now been contained in woodland near Westdene after trying to evade police by heading cross-country in his 4x4.
The man was found in a pre-planned police operation by officers investigating a series of burglaries in the county.
A National Police Air Service helicopter is supporting the operation and has been active in the Eastbourne, Hailsham and Battle areas and latterly over the South Downs in the area of Friston Forest.
At 11.08am a silver 4x4 was spotted near Hailsham and pursuit was authorised. The vehicle headed along the B2104 and on to the A22. It then turned west on to the A27 towards Lewes, but left the A27 near Folkington before crashing through a fence and heading cross country up on to the Downs.
It smashed through a number of fences and gates before coming to a halt in woodland north of Westdene, where it became stuck.
The man ran into woodland, where he was being sought by the helicopter and ground-based units just after noon.
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