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Somerset driver who hit five cars in police chase jailed

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An "idiotic" driver who collided with five cars while evading police at high speeds has been jailed.

Disqualified driver Clive Hill failed to stop for officers in Somerset on 18 November.

The dangerous pursuit between Backwell and Tickenham was captured on police helicopter footage.

The 41-year old from Radstock Hill was found guilty of dangerous driving at Bristol Crown Court and jailed for 14 months.

During the pursuit, Hill sped away from police, overtook on blind bends and forced oncoming vehicles to take evasive action.

He crashed into three cars while driving at excessive speed and attempting dangerous manoeuvres on country roads.

Hill drove from Backwell to Tickenham, then on to the B3128 in Failand, near Bristol, where he collided with the final two cars.

This nearly caused his car to overturn and left the other two considerably damaged.

Foot chase

He abandoned the car but was arrested following a short foot chase after being tracked by the police helicopter.

PC Richard Sage, of Avon and Somerset Police, said: "The idiotic actions of Hill put lives at risk and it is a miracle that no-one was injured.

"The helicopter footage illustrates the extreme lengths Hill took to evade officers and shows he had no regard for the safety of other road users, his passenger or himself."

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Image caption Clive Hill abandoned the car but was arrested following a short foot chase

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