A DRAMATIC police chase that ended at a railway station was ‘moments away from catastrophe’, a witness said.
Officers were pursuing a black Vauxhall Astra from a property in Worthing, towards Arundel, when, in a bid to escape, the fleeing vehicle ploughed through the Ford level crossing, in Ford Lane.
As well as wrecking the crossing the car also smashed into a police Land Rover.
Charlotte Wright, general manager of WHSupplies, in Ford Lane, described hearing a loud ‘screeching of tyres’ and ‘banging’ as the Astra blasted through the barriers.
Mrs Wright, of Parkside Avenue, Littlehampton, said: ‘If it was this time last week it could have been catastrophic.’
The chase started when police got a call about a suspected burglary, Worthing.
n Billy Way, 25, of no fixed address in the Portsmouth area, has been charged with burglary and theft. Andrew Smith, 29, of Leominster Road, Paulsgrove, Portsmouth, has been charged with burglary and theft, dangerous driving, driving while disqualified and driving without insurance.
The pair are due at Chichester Crown Court for a hearing on April 24.
A 30-year-old man from Portsmouth was arrested on suspicion of burglary with intent to steal and was bailed.