Motorist crashed while more than three times the drink-drive limit

Motorist crashed while more than three times the drink-drive limit

Motorist crashed while more than three times the drink-drive limit

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A man caught behind the wheel while more than three times the drink-drive limit has been banned from the roads.

Philip Edmunds, 53, was disqualified from driving for 25 months and made the subject of a three month overnight curfew when he appeared at Hastings Magistrates' Court.

He was also fined £50 and ordered to pay £85 costs and a £60 victim surcharge after pleading guilty to drink-driving, driving without insurance and possession of cannabis.

Edmunds was arrested after being found staggering along the pavement in Mount Pleasant Road, Hastings, on 7 December last year.

After spending several hours in a pub drinking he had decided to drive home but crashed into a taxi on the way.

Edmunds, of Chiltern Drive, Hastings, who also had a small amount of cannabis with him, admitted he had been drinking when officers stopped him.

When tested at a police station, Edmunds had 251 milligrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood - well over the 80 milligrammes legal limit.

Edmunds is one of six more drivers who have been convicted after being arrested as part of Sussex Police's Christmas crackdown on drink and drug driving, bringing the total number punished so far to 114.

Superintendent Jane Derrick said: "Edmunds was in no fit state to be on the roads and could barely walk when he was arrested.

"It is horrifying that some drivers will still get into their vehicles despite knowing they pose a danger both to themselves and to everyone else.

"Edmunds admitted he had been wrong to drink and drive but saying sorry after the event is too late - drinking and driving costs lives and is unacceptable at any time."

Jamie Wrigley, 22, was the first person to be charged during the Christmas crackdown after he crashed his Ford Fiesta into a bridge in Kirdford Road, Wisborough Green.

When officers arrived Wrigley was trapped in the driver's seat of the car and was abusive towards them and members of the public who had stopped to help him and his passenger. He did not suffer any injuries but his front seat passenger suffered concussion and a dislocated hip.

Wrigley, of Northway Road, Wick, admitted failing to provide a specimen for analysis, driving without insurance, obstructing a police officer and using threatening or abusive language. He was banned from driving for 17 months, ordered to do 80 hours of community service and told to pay £85 costs and a £60 victim surcharge.

Ross Keene, 33, was stopped on 20 December because his car was swerving on the A259 in Bognor Regis and had no brake lights. He then failed a breath test.

Keene, of Gravits Lane, Bognor Regis, admitted drink-driving and driving without insurance. He was banned from driving for 17 months, fined £400 and ordered to pay £85 costs and a £40 victim surcharge.

Sharon Miles, 43, was arrested on 28 December after her car was stopped in The Hornet, Chichester, and she failed a breath test.

Miles, of Osborne Crescent, Chichester, admitted drink-driving and was banned from driving for 12 months, fined £200 and ordered to pay £85 costs and a £20 victim surcharge.

Daniel Peers, 42, was driving on the wrong side of the road and weaving across Lewes Road in Brighton when he was stopped by officers on 28 December.

Peers already had three previous convictions for drink-driving and refused to provide a sample to be tested when he was arrested.

Peers, of The Brow, Brighton, admitted failing to provide a specimen and was banned from driving for 36 months. He was also made the subject of a 12-month community order and was ordered to pay £300 costs and a £60 victim surcharge.

Samuel Pescod, 19, was arrested shortly before 4am on 1 January after his car was stopped in Greenways Crescent, Shoreham, because it had no lights on in the dark.

Pescod, of Old Shoreham Road, Portslade, admitted drink-driving. He was banned from driving for 18 months, fined £350 and ordered to pay £85 costs and a £35 victim surcharge.

You can text officers on 65999 with the details of people you suspect of drink or drug driving, along with their car make and registration number.

To report anyone driving antisocially visit www.operationcrackdown.co.uk.

If you know someone is driving after drinking or taking drugs call 999.

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