Jail for driver who crashed into Gravesend pub and injured police officer

PUBLISHED: 07:00 21 February 2018

The scene after David Seal crashed into The City pub, The Terrace, Gravesend. Picture: Kent Police

The scene after David Seal crashed into The City pub, The Terrace, Gravesend. Picture: Kent Police


A dangerous driver who crashed into a former pub in Gravesend while a police officer was halfway inside his car, has been jailed for 15 months.

David Seal was jailed for 15 months. Picture: Kent PoliceDavid Seal was jailed for 15 months. Picture: Kent Police

David Seal, 32, of Peacock Street, Gravesend, sped off when the officer attempted to remove the keys from his red Volkswagen Golf.

He drove more than 50 metres, colliding with several parked cars before crashing into former City of London pub in The Terrace, and coming to a stop.

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

Maidstone Crown Court was told on Tuesday that Seal had been witnessed driving erratically, speeding and driving without a brake light in Greenhithe.

A licence plate check showed the vehicle was insured to a woman.

Officers followed Seal to The Terrace in Gravesend where they pulled him over. As the officer was half in the car, Seal tried to drive off.

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, February 20.

Investigating officer Det Con 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.”

The incident happened shortly before midnight on Monday, July 24, 2017.

Seal will not be allowed to drive again unless he passes an extended retest, which cannot be taken for two years.


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