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83 arrests made in summer crackdown on drink and drug-drivers

News   •   Jul 19, 2019 13:42 BST

A builder who crashed his van into a wall is among 83 motorists arrested during a summer crackdown on drink and drug-drivers.

Surrey Police and Sussex Police run a dedicated campaign every summer and Christmas when social occasions are typically at their peak.

The main aims are to raise awareness of the dangers of drink and drug-driving, to target offenders and to keep everyone safe on the roads.

A total of 83 arrests were made in Sussex during the crackdown which ran from 24 June to 7 July.

About 7.15pm on Friday 28 June, police received a report of a Ford Transit having crashed into a wall in Hewarts Lane, Bognor Regis.

The occupants of the vehicle had made off from the scene prior to police arrival, but descriptions were provided and they were located by officers nearby shortly afterwards.

The driver was identified as Lee Barrow, 59, a builder, of Carlton Avenue, Bognor Regis.

Due to the collision and the suspicion he was under the influence of alcohol, Barrow was required to provide a roadside breath test, which he declined.

He was taken to custody where he declined again, and was subsequently arrested and charged with failing to provide a specimen of breath for analysis.

At Worthing Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday 16 July, he was disqualified from driving for 12 months. He was also ordered to pay a £80 fine, £85 costs and a £32 victim surcharge.

These motorists have also been convicted as part of the campaign:

  • Michael Mercer, 24, a building labourer, of Hawkhurst Road, Brighton, was arrested in Old Shoreham Road, Lancing, on 25 June and charged with driving with 94mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in his system.

    At Brighton Magistrates’ Court on 11 July, he was disqualified from driving for 36 months and sentenced to a 12-month community order, requiring him to carry out 50 hours of unpaid work. He was also ordered to pay £85 costs and a £85 victim surcharge.

  • William Lightbody, 28, a carpenter, of Bushey Road, Hayes, Middlesex, was arrested in The Esplanade, Bognor Regis, on 26 June and charged with driving with 80mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in his system.

    At Worthing Magistrates’ Court on 12 July, he was disqualified from driving for 17 months. He was also ordered to pay a £346 fine, £85 costs and a £34 victim surcharge.

  • Joseph Still, 18, a student, of Thompson Road, Newhaven, was arrested on the A259 at Seaford on 27 June and charged with driving with 58mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in his system.

    At Brighton Magistrates’ Court on 11 July, he was disqualified from driving for 12 months. He was also ordered to pay a £113 fine, £85 costs and a £30 victim surcharge.

  • Alicia Morris, 26, a medical receptionist, of Ely Close, Erith, Bexley, was arrested in Shripney Road, Bognor Regis, on 27 June and charged with driving with 80mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in her system.

    At Worthing Magistrates’ Court on 12 July, she was disqualified from driving for 18 months. She was also ordered to pay a £249 fine, £85 costs and a £30 victim surcharge.

  • Martin Leonard, 29, a deliveryman, of Birch Grove Road, Horsted Keynes, was arrested in Beaconsfield Road, Haywards Heath, on 28 June and charged with driving with 80mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in his system.

    At Crawley Magistrates’ Court on 12 July, he was disqualified from driving for 20 months. He was also ordered to pay a £120 fine, £85 costs and a £32 victim surcharge.

  • Wayne Bristow, 39, a sales assistant, of Ashfold Avenue, Findon Valley, was arrested in Mill Straight, Horsham, on 29 June and charged with driving with 73mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in his system.

    At Crawley Magistrates’ Court on 15 July, he was disqualified from driving for 36 months and sentenced to a 12-month community order, requiring him to carry out 80 hours of unpaid work. He was also ordered to pay £85 costs and a £90 victim surcharge.

  • Catherine Hambrook, 37, a clerical assistant, of Williams Road, Shoreham, was arrested in Parklands, Shoreham, on 30 June and charged with driving with 49mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in her system.

    At Worthing Magistrates’ Court on 16 July, she was disqualified from driving for 12 months. She was also ordered to pay a £309 fine, £85 costs and a £32 victim surcharge.

  • George Gorman, 24, a jockey, of Worthing Road, Dial Post, was arrested in Jolesfield, Horsham, on 30 June and charged with driving with 64mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in his system.

    At Worthing Magistrates’ Court on 16 July, he was disqualified from driving for 17 months. He was also ordered to pay a £120 fine, £85 costs and a £32 victim surcharge.

  • Simon Jopson, 51, a builder, of no fixed address, was arrested in High Street, Crowborough, on 30 June, and charged with driving with 126mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in his system and driving with no insurance.

    At Hastings Magistrates’ Court on 17 July, he was disqualified from driving for 30 months and sentenced to a 12-month community order, requiring him to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work. He was also ordered to pay £85 costs and a £90 victim surcharge.

Chief Inspector Michael Hodder, of the Roads Policing Unit for Surrey Police and Sussex Police, said: “It is hugely disappointing that so many people still make the conscious decision to drive with drink or drugs in their system. We run dedicated campaigns at peak times of the year – during summer and over Christmas – to provide education and enforcement, and this is in addition to routine roads policing 365 days a year.

“Driving while over the specified limit for drink or drugs is a serious offence which carries significant risks – it is one of the four most common causes of fatal and serious injury collisions on our roads.

“Every year we see people’s lives being destroyed by drink and drug-drivers. And it’s not just those unfortunate enough to be involved in a collision – it also affects the offender themselves, with consequences including a criminal record, a fine or jail term, increased car insurance, potential job loss and trouble travelling to some countries.

“In an ideal world, no one would commit any offences and we wouldn’t have to make any arrests. But we have a duty to keep people on our roads as safe as possible, and anyone who compromises this will be dealt with robustly.

“I cannot stress enough that the risk is real, and if you drive under the influence of drink or drugs, your next journey could be your last.”

Details of people convicted as part of the campaign will be published on our website.

If you’re prepared to drive under the influence of drink or drugs, prepare to face the consequences. These could include the following:

  • A minimum 12 month ban;
  • An unlimited fine;
  • A possible prison sentence;
  • A criminal record, which could affect your current and future employment;
  • An increase in your car insurance;
  • Trouble travelling to countries such as the USA.

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

You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or report it online. 

If you know someone is driving while over the limit or after taking drugs, call 999.

Author: Sam Satchell
Ref: SXP55063/2019

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