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Hundreds arrested during crackdown on drink and drug drivers

11 Jan, 2017 12:49 News Justice Done
Hundreds arrested during crackdown on drink and drug drivers

Surrey and Sussex Police’s campaign to target drink and drug drivers throughout the month of December resulted in the arrest of 208 individuals in Sussex.
 
Between 1 December 2016 and 1 January 2017 officers across the two counties carried out dedicated patrols targeting those suspected of driving while under the influence of either drugs or alcohol and raise awareness of the risks and possible consequences.

In the past week a further 27 people were convicted of driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, bringing the number of those prosecuted in Sussex as part of the campaign so far to 51.

Superintendent Chris Moon, head of roads policing for Surrey and Sussex, said: "While I am pleased to see that those caught breaking the law are facing the consequences of their actions by way of prosecution, it is still disappointing to see that a small minority of drivers think it is acceptable to drive while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Driving while under the influence is a serious offence and it won’t be tolerated.

"Just over 28 per cent of those arrested in Sussex during the campaign were unfit to drive through drugs or were over the specified limit for having a controlled drug in their system. This follows the introduction of prescribed limits for a number of legal and illegal drugs in March 2015. Since this time our officers have been using roadside drug wipe testing kits which take swabs from the motorist and can detect cocaine or cannabis use within 10 minutes.

"The consequences of driving while under the influence of drink or drugs isn’t just a fine or a driving ban. You could lose your job, your family and potentially cause significant injury or even death. I would urge all drivers to think carefully before they get behind the wheel of their car.”

Jamie Bray, 28, who is unemployed, of High Street, Heathfield, was arrested in Westdown Road, Bexhill-on-Sea on 4 December and charged with failing to provide a specimen.

He pleaded guilty at Hastings Magistrates’ Court on 4 January and was disqualified from driving for 18 months. He was also ordered to pay a £20 victim surcharge and £20 costs.

Sabrina Khan, 23, a retail worker, of Riley Road, Brighton, was arrested on 10 December in Prince Albert Street, Brighton and was charged with driving with 69mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in her system.

She pleaded guilty at Brighton Magistrates’ Court on 29 December and received 10 points on her license. She was also ordered to pay a £73 fine, £85 costs and a £30 victim surcharge. 

Susan Dunwell, 63, a child carer, of Treyford Close, Crawley, was arrested on 10 December and charged with failing to provide a specimen.

She pleaded guilty at Crawley Magistrates’ Court on 29 December and was disqualified from driving for 12 months. She was also ordered to pay a fine of £120, £50 costs and a £30 victim surcharge.

John Grassi, 56, who is unemployed, of Conyers Way, Loughton, Essex, was arrested in West Street, Rottingdean on 10 December and was charged with driving with 69mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in his system.

He pleaded guilty at Brighton Magistrates’ Court on 29 December and was disqualified from driving for 36 months. He was also ordered to pay a £30 fine, £85 costs and a £85 victim surcharge, as well as being given a rehabilitation order. 

Caroline Newman, 48, a bar worker, of Morton Road, East Grinstead, was arrested in Brooklands Way, East Grinstead, on 11 December and charged with driving with 119mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in her system.

She pleaded guilty at Crawley Magistrates’ Court on 30 December and was disqualified from driving for 28 months. She was also ordered to complete 120 hours of unpaid work, pay £83 costs and a £85 victim surcharge.

Sharron Bennington, 50, an administrative assistant, of Cavalier Close, Midhurst was arrested on 11 December in Pretoria Avenue, Midhurst and was charged with failing to provide a specimen.

She pleaded guilty at Worthing Magistrates’ Court on 29 December and was disqualified from driving for 17 months. She was also ordered to pay a £173 fine, £85 costs and a £30 victim surcharge.

Carol Wray, 55, who is unemployed, of High Street, Flimwell, was arrested on 13 December in High Street, Flimwell and charged with driving without a license and driving with 59mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in her system.

She pleaded guilty at Hastings Magistrates’ Court on 4 January and was disqualified from driving for 16 months. She was also ordered to pay a £120 fine and a £30 victim surcharge.

Helen Curtis, 40, who is unemployed, of Whitley Road, Eastbourne, was arrested on 14 December in St Phillips Avenue, Eastbourne and charged with taking a vehicle without consent, driving without a license, driving without insurance and driving with 99mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in her system.

She pleaded guilty at Hastings Magistrates’ Court on 4 January and was disqualified from driving for 42 months and was also ordered to complete 200 hours of unpaid work. She was also given a community order for drug and alcohol treatment, ordered to pay £40 costs and a £85 victim surcharge.

Karen Walsh, 47, an administrative assistant, of Bell Road, Warnham, was arrested on 16 December in Albion Way, Horsham and charged with driving with 62mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in her system.

She pleaded guilty at Crawley Magistrates’ Court on 3 January and was disqualified from driving for 17 months. She was also ordered to pay a £295 fine, £85 costs and a £30 victim surcharge.

Lindsey McCarthy, 26, a residential care worker, of Oakapple Road, Southwick, was arrested on 16 December in Manor Road, Lancing and charged with driving with 61 mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in her system.

She pleaded guilty at Worthing Magistrates’ Court on 3 January and was disqualified from driving for 17 months. She was also ordered to pay a £120 fine, £85 costs and a £30 victim surcharge.

Tim Minogue, 63, a journalist, of Valence Road, Lewes, was arrested on 16 December in Phoenix Causeway, Lewes and charged with driving with 60mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in his system.

He pleaded guilty at Brighton Magistrates’ Court on 5 January and was disqualified from driving for 17 months. He was also ordered to pay a £648 fine, £85 costs and a £64 victim surcharge.

David Roche, 39, who is unemployed, Overcliffe, Gravesend, Kent, was arrested on 16 December in Northgate Avenue, Crawley and charged with failing to provide a specimen.

He pleaded guilty at Crawley Magistrates’ Court on 4 January and was disqualified from driving for 18 months, He was also ordered to pay a £120 fine, £85 costs and a £30 victim surcharge.

Maria Connolly, 22, a manager from Alpha Road, Birchington, Kent, was arrested on 17 December in Ashenground Road, Haywards Heath and charged with driving with 61 mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in her system.

She pleaded guilty at Crawley Magistrates’ Court on 4 January and was disqualified from driving for 17 months. She was also ordered to pay a £346 fine, £85 costs and a £34 victim surcharge.

Aaron Simpson, 22, a labourer, of Coopers Wood, Crowborough, was arrested on 17 December in Coopers Lane, Crowborough and charged with driving with 70mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in his system.

He pleaded guilty at Brighton Magistrates’ Court on 5 January and was disqualified from driving for 17 months. He was also ordered to pay a £260 fine, £85 costs and a £30 victim surcharge.

Nicholas Annis, 29, a kitchen worker, of Arcade Road, Littlehampton, was arrested on 17 December in Vicarage Lane, East Preston and charged with driving with 40mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in his system.

He pleaded guilty at Worthing Magistrates’ Court on 3 January and was disqualified from driving for 12 months. He was also ordered to pay a £261 fine, £85 costs and a £26 victim surcharge.

Tamzin Campbell, 38, a bar worker, of Chalcraft Lane, Bognor, was arrested on 17 December in West Meads Drive, Bognor and charged with driving with 72mcg of alcohol per 100ml breath in her system.

She pleaded guilty at Worthing Magistrates’ Court on 3 January and was disqualified from driving for 20 months. She was also ordered to pay a £225 fine, £85 costs and a £30 victim surcharge.

John Tysoe, 54, who is unemployed, of North Mead, Henfield was arrested on 17 December in Deer Park, Henfield and charged with driving with 107 mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in his system.

He pleaded guilty at Worthing Magistrates’ Court on 3 January and was disqualified from driving for 26 months. He was also ordered to pay £85 costs and a £85 victim surcharge.

Cameron Long, 18, a plumber, of Wealdon Close, Southwater, was arrested on 18 December in Westons Hill, Itchingfield and charged with driving with 91mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in his system.

He pleaded guilty at Crawley Magistrates’ Court on 6 January and was disqualified from driving for 23 months. He was also ordered to pay a £461 fine, £85 costs and a £46 surcharge.

Philip Wigmore, 30, a roofer, of no fixed address was arrested on 18 December in Lascelles Terrace, Eastbourne and charged with driving with 64mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in his system.

He pleaded guilty at Hastings Magistrates’ Court on 4 January and was disqualified from driving for 17 months. He was also ordered to pay a £70 fine and a £30 victim surcharge.

Fiona Kitchener, 20, who is unemployed, of Sussex Gardens, Rustington, was arrested on 18 December in Sternway, Littlehampton and charged with driving with 61mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in her system.

She pleaded guilty at Worthing Magistrates’ Court on 3 January and was disqualified from driving for 17 months. He was also ordered to a £120 fine, £85 costs and a £30 victim surcharge.

Lee Cleaver, 33, a courier, of Hallett Road, Brighton, was arrested on 18 December in Ditchling Road, Brighton and charged with driving with 93mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in his system.

He pleaded guilty at Brighton Magistrates’ Court on 5 January and was disqualified from driving for 36 months. He was also ordered to complete 50 hours of unpaid work, pay £85 costs and a £85 victim surcharge.

Michael Davis, 57, a butcher, of Kings Stone Avenue, Steyning, was arrested on 18 December on the A283, Wiston and charged with driving with 71mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in his system.

He pleaded guilty at Worthing Magistrates’ Court on 3 January and was disqualified from driving for 20 months. He was also ordered to pay a £450 fine, £85 costs and a £45 victim surcharge.

David Deeprose, 66, who is retired, of Eversley Close, St Leonards-on-Sea, was arrested on 18 December in Brede Lane, Sedlescombe and charged with driving with 70mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in his system.

He pleaded guilty at Hastings Magistrates’ Court on 5 January and was disqualified from driving for 36 months. He was also order to pay a £150 fine, £85 costs a £30 victim surcharge.

William Mitchell, 21, a builders merchant, of Warninglid Lane, Warninglid, was arrested on 18 December in Horsham Road, Pease Pottage and charged with driving with 84mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in his system.

He pleaded guilty at Crawley Magistrates’ Court on 6 January and was disqualified from driving for 19 months. He was also ordered to pay a £346 fine, £85 costs and a £34 victim surcharge.

Gareth Penn, 32, a publican, of Windmill Hill, Hailsham, was arrested on 19 December in Wartling Road, Pevensey and charged with driving with 101mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in his system.

He pleaded guilty at Hastings Magistrates’ Court on 5 January and was disqualified from driving for 25 months. He was also ordered to pay a £320 fine, £85 costs and a £32 victim surcharge.

Nathaniel Kennett, 26, army personnel, of Hampshire Avenue, Bognor, was arrested on 21 December in Crawley Road, Chichester and charged with driving with 68mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in his system.

He pleaded guilty at Worthing Magistrates’ Court on 29 December and was disqualified from driving for 18 months. He was also ordered to pay a £392 fine, £85 costs and a £39 victim surcharge.

Luke Atkins, 26, a chef, of Whitegate Close, Tunbridge Wells, was arrested on 21 December in Hawkhurst Road, Flimwell and charged with driving with 63mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in his system.

He pleaded guilty at Hastings Magistrates’ Court on 5 January and was disqualified from driving for 18 months. He was also ordered to pay a £320 fine, £85 costs and a £32 victim surcharge.

People in Sussex can text officers on 65999 with the details of people they suspect of drink or drug driving or visit Operation Crackdown.

You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

 

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