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Wanted on recall to prison, James French, 31, of no fixed address, took to posting short videos on social media, taunting police about his evasion of the law.
His chosen sound track for the clips on Instagram was "I Want To Break Free" by the rock band, Queen.
French had been released on licence from Rochester prison on 9 September, where he had been serving a 10-month sentence for motoring offences imposed in March this year.
But the licence was revoked on 24 September and unfortunately for French he made a crucial error in one of his boastful selfies.
Officers watching them spotted a large key fob which clearly showed the name of a hotel and a room number where French had been hiding.
Members of the East Sussex prevention enforcement team dropped by, and despite Don't Stop Me Now protests from French, arrested him and put him back behind bars.
Inspector Mark Rosser said: "It was great work by the team, whose patience paid off when they ended his dream of breaking free. I suppose you could say it was a case of Another One Bites The Dust. "
French, whose failure to keep key appointments with a supervisor as part of the conditions for his early release, was returned to the prison authorities.