A drink-driver who crashed a car was tracked and located by a police dog a mile away.
Police were called about 1.40am on Saturday 13 April after a silver Volkswagen Golf was reported as being taken without the owner’s consent from a house in The Spinney, Pulborough.
PC Anthony Oliver, of the Sussex Police Dog Unit, went in search of the vehicle and found it crashed and abandoned in nearby Broomers Hill Lane, close to the junction with Cray Lane.
At this point, PC Oliver deployed Police Dog Goose, a German Shepherd, who was tasked to locate the suspect. From the scene, he tracked across the A29 into Black Gate Lane, and then left into Pickhurst Lane, where a man was found sat in another vehicle.
He was identified as James Rhoder, a hod carrier, of Pickhurst Lane, Pulborough, and he was found in possession of the keys to the Golf.
The 21-year-old failed a roadside breath test, and was subsequently arrested and charged with driving with 52mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in his system, failing to stop after a road traffic collision, driving with no insurance, driving without a valid licence and possession of cannabis.
He pleaded guilty to all offences, and at Worthing Magistrates’ Court on 3 May, he was disqualified from driving for 14 months. He was also ordered to pay a £90 fine, £85 costs and a £30 victim surcharge.
He was released without charge for the offence of aggravated vehicle taking.
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
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