Reckless driver who attempted breakneck getaway as officer hung off side of his car jailed

David Seal attempted to drive away while the officer was still inside his car

David Seal's car seen after he crashed it

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

A dangerous driver who crashed into a Gravesend pub with a Kent Police officer halfway inside his car has been jailed for 15 months.

Local man David Seal will also not be forbidden from driving again unless he passes an extended retest, which cannot be taken for two years.

Seal sped off when the officer attempted to remove the keys from his red Volkswagen Golf, shortly before midnight on Monday July 24, 2017.

He drove more than 50 metres, colliding with several parked cars before crashing into the pub and coming to a stop.

The officer was taken to a local hospital with minor injuries. Seal was unharmed.

Prior to the incident Seal had been witnessed driving erratically, speeding and driving without a brake light in Greenhithe. A licence plate check showed the vehicle was also insured to a woman.

Officers followed Seal to The Terrace in Gravesend where they pulled him over.

He was arrested after the incident and charged with assault, dangerous driving, driving without a licence and without insurance.

Seal pleaded guilty to all offences and was sentenced on Tuesday 20 February 2018.

Investigating officer Detective Constable Andrew Jobes said: "What was a typical police stop on a suspicious vehicle became much more serious when Seal reacted dangerously, driving away from the scene with little awareness for the safety of the officer who was part way inside his car.

"Fortunately no one was seriously hurt and Seal was detained immediately after crashing into the pub wall."