Ban for 'alien chase' Exeter driver
A DRIVER who rammed a police car because he thought he was being chased by aliens has been banned from driving and ordered to receive psychiatric treatment.
Homeless carpet cleaner Brett Webber, 48, was in the grip of a psychotic episode when he drove for more than a mile through Exeter on the rims of his van's wheels after all four tyres had been punctured by a police stinger device.
He swerved onto the wrong side of the road during the low-speed chase which reached just 25mph and ended when police cars forced him off the road and into a wall at Rydon Lane.
Throughout the journey Webber sounded his horn because he believed it would ward off the pursuing aliens, Exeter Crown Court was told.
Webber, whose last settled address was Venny Bridge, Exeter, admitted dangerous driving.
He was ordered to receive psychiatric help as a condition of an 18-month supervision order and was banned from driving for at least four years.