Author: Amir Razavi
She said he drove between two lanes at the pier roundabout before turning right from King’s Road into Ship Street.
Gjishti then ditched the Corsa near the junction with East Street and made off on foot, being chased by the officers to St James’s Street where he was arrested outside the Morrisons supermarket at about 5pm.
The vehicle was seized by police and taken back to a police station.
That is where they discovered 15 bags of “white powder” which later proved to be cocaine, the court heard.
The amount of cocaine Gjishti had was unknown but if it had been one gram per bag the value would have been about £750.
Gjishti, who required a translator in court, came to England in a lorry from Belgium last August.
He said he was visiting his Albanian girlfriend, who lives legally in Brighton, on the day and told police they had planned to take the drugs together.
Gjishti said he did not stop for police because he “knew it would be bad” if he was caught.
Police checks on the Corsa showed it to be registered to another man whose licence Gjishti had been using, and the car was also insured under that person.
His true identity was revealed at the police station.
Yolanda Pons, defending, said her client was “candid in his admission to police that he entered the country illegally.”
She said Gjishti, of no fixed address, had worked cleaning cars and as a builder in various locations around the UK.
Ms Pons asked the magistrates to deal with Gjishti by way of a financial penalty for the drugs offence as he had already been in custody since Friday.
Gjishti, who has no previous convictions, pleaded guilty to all the offences – possession of Class A drugs, driving without insurance, driving without a licence and failure to stop for police.
Magistrate John Elford ordered Gjishti to pay a £150 fine for the possession crime, £85 in costs and a surcharge of £30.
Mr Elford also ordered the destruction of the cocaine.
For the driving offences, Gjishti received no separate penalties but had eight points put on his licence.
He was to be taken to Lewes Prison after the court case and the Home Office is going to deport him back to Albania this week.
We reported the incident on Friday, with some onlookers thinking Gjishti had been arrested for a knife offence – but this was not the case.
One witness said: “A grey Vauxhall was driving at high speed into East Street and braked sharply in front of the Days buffet.
“A white man in his late 20s got out of the car and ran on foot. After a chase police caught their suspect.”