Two police helicopters were called as officers pursued a motorcyclist, travelling at more than 100mph across Sussex, for over three hours.
Police said the suspect was seen travelling at high speeds in numerous locations yesterday afternoon (Thursday March 10), including built-up parts of Horsham, Worthing and Brighton.
He was first spotted by officers riding in excess of 100mph on the A24 southbound between Broadbridge Heath and Findon at around 2.30pm.
A police helicopter was deployed to monitor the motorcyclist.
After circling the area police said the driver crashed in Offington Drive, Worthing, at the junction of the A27 at about 3.40pm.
He then continued without his helmet in the direction of Durrington, before he returned to the A27 and travelled towards Shoreham.
A second helicopter was then sent to replace the previous one when he entered the Hove area.
Officers said police then pursued the suspect as he travelled along Dyke Road Avenue, into Brighton city centre and down to Brighton Pier, before heading west to Portslade.
He then travelled along Western Road through Hove, and circled Brighton again before he crashed for a second time at the barriers to the Churchill Square car park at around 5pm.
Police said he was believed to have entered the shopping centre on foot, where he discarded a leather jacket, and exited out into the town centre.
Inspector Dave Frey said: “The suspect was riding with total disregard of his own safety and those of others - at excessive speeds, through red lights, manoeuvring around bollards onto the wrong side of the road, and onto pavements in town centres. He pretty much contravened every road traffic law and I’m thankful that no one was injured.
“The helicopter was the best option to monitor his progress without causing any further danger. We also had traffic officers and the police dog unit assigned.”
Police, including neighbourhood officers, searched the shopping centre and the town centre, and are reviewing CCTV with security staff.
The suspect has not yet been found.
The motorcycle, helmet and leather jacket have been recovered, and will be forensically examined, officers added.
Inspector Frey said: “Following an hour-long search of the city centre, assigned officers were stood down, and an investigation is now underway to find and identify the suspect so we can put him before the courts.”
Anyone with any information is asked to contact police on email@example.com or call 101, quoting serial 814 of 10/03.
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