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Drink-driving arrests in Sussex mount as driver get 4-year ban
Thirty-four more drivers have been charged on suspicion of drink or drug driving during the Christmas and New Year period.
It brings the total to more than 100 people charged with drink or drug driving offences since the force launched its campaign at the beginning of December.
Between Christmas Eve and December 29, 38 people were arrested, of which 25 were charged and seven bailed.
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They include 40-year-old nurse Patrick Cunningham, from Old Malling Way in Lewes, arrested at his home on Christmas Eve after a member of the publice called police reporting a man driving erratically.
Terrance Castle, 73, from Normans Bay in Pevensey, was arrested following a collision in Eastbourne Road, Pevensey Bay, while 34-year-old landscape gardener Simon Dole, of Trolliloes, Hailsham, was stopped in Eastbourne Road in Willingdon.
Unemployed 44-year-old Daniel Booth was stopped near his home in Triangle Road, Haywards Heath, following information that the driver of a car may be drunk.
Early on Christmas Day, a car driven by Alexander Youssef of Lyham Road, London’s car landed on its roof in Station Road, Rotherfield. He was charged and bailed.
Unemployed 31-year-old Aidas Streleckas, of Linden Road in Bognor, was stopped in his street in the early hours of Boxing Day and charged with drink-related offences, no insurance and no licence. Appearing at Brighton Magistrates’ Court the next day, he pleaded guilty and was sentenced to a community order, 80 hours’ unpaid work and costs and was disqualified from driving for almost four years.
Between December 30 and January 1 another 15 were arrested with nine being charged.
On New Year’s Eve, East Sussex Road Policing Unit tweeted: “Colleagues attending first crash of 2014 – driver has decamped. Drunk? Well the runners from the RTC didn’t do too well. 2 in custody on suspicion of driving whilst unfit. The two runners from the RTC at Bishopstone last night are still in custody now being interviewed re alleged offences.”
Residents can ring 999 if they suspect a drunk or drugged driver, or text officers on 65999 with the details of people suspected of drink or drug driving, plus their car make and registration number.
To report anyone driving antisocially visit www.operationcrackdown.co.uk.
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