A young man who hit a police officer while trying to escape on a motorbike has been jailed.

Alfie Chandler, 20, was riding a scrambler-style bike on July 30 when he failed to stop for officers and continued to ride towards them.

He narrowly missed one officer but hit another on the arm and leg which caused injuries which required surgery.

Earlier in the day, two police officers were investigating a series of motorcycle thefts in the town when they spotted a rider in Meads Road, Eastbourne.

The motorcyclist rode away from them towards Paradise Drive, where two other officers were patrolling in a marked police car.

The officers got out of their car to direct the rider to stop but he failed to do so and rode into one of them.

The Argus: Alfie Chandler has been jailed for three yearsAlfie Chandler has been jailed for three years (Image: Sussex Police)

Chandler, of Burlington Close, Feltham, London, was charged with causing serious injury by dangerous driving, handling stolen goods, driving without valid insurance, and driving while disqualified and appeared at Brighton Magistrates’ Court on August 1.

The case was referred to Kingston Crown Court and on August 29, Chandler pleaded guilty to causing serious injury by dangerous driving, driving without valid insurance, and driving while disqualified.

He denied handling stolen goods and the court discontinued the charge. He was remanded in custody and appeared at the same court for sentencing on November 27, where he was jailed for three years.


Chief Inspector Di Lewis, Eastbourne district commander, said: “Our officers are here to protect the public, catch criminals, and make our communities a safer place.

"They are not here to be abused, assaulted, or injured, and although this is a risk all emergency workers face, it is not acceptable and should never be considered ‘part of the job’.

“This sentencing has removed another dangerous driver from the roads and serves as a reminder that we will not tolerate this behaviour in Sussex and justice will be served.”