Drink-driving arrests in Sussex mount as driver get 4-year ban

The Argus: Drink-driving arrests in Sussex mount as driver get 4-year ban 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.

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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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7:26am Fri 3 Jan 14

Baffled of Brighton says...

Publice... is that the new word for a member of the public that snitches to the police?
Publice... is that the new word for a member of the public that snitches to the police? Baffled of Brighton

7:32am Fri 3 Jan 14

Boloney-marshal says...

I can't believe this is how we utilise our busy police officers these days. Same thing every Christmas, target motorists...it's very boring now. These operations won't make one jot of difference to habitual drink drivers, offenders are happy to be part of this lottery. Is this the petty level of law enforcement Sussex Police chiefs have sunk to? You would be better of from a moral point of view allowing police officers to be with their families at this time of year, after all they work so hard all the rest of the year.
I can't believe this is how we utilise our busy police officers these days. Same thing every Christmas, target motorists...it's very boring now. These operations won't make one jot of difference to habitual drink drivers, offenders are happy to be part of this lottery. Is this the petty level of law enforcement Sussex Police chiefs have sunk to? You would be better of from a moral point of view allowing police officers to be with their families at this time of year, after all they work so hard all the rest of the year. Boloney-marshal

8:30am Fri 3 Jan 14

Quiterie says...

Baffled of Brighton wrote:
Publice... is that the new word for a member of the public that snitches to the police?
I had publice once. Got some ointment and after a lot of combing they were gone!
[quote][p][bold]Baffled of Brighton[/bold] wrote: Publice... is that the new word for a member of the public that snitches to the police?[/p][/quote]I had publice once. Got some ointment and after a lot of combing they were gone! Quiterie

9:04am Fri 3 Jan 14

The Prophet of Doom says...

Boloney-marshal wrote:
I can't believe this is how we utilise our busy police officers these days. Same thing every Christmas, target motorists...it's very boring now. These operations won't make one jot of difference to habitual drink drivers, offenders are happy to be part of this lottery. Is this the petty level of law enforcement Sussex Police chiefs have sunk to? You would be better of from a moral point of view allowing police officers to be with their families at this time of year, after all they work so hard all the rest of the year.
You can say that right up to the point where your own life is affected by a drink-driver.
[quote][p][bold]Boloney-marshal[/bold] wrote: I can't believe this is how we utilise our busy police officers these days. Same thing every Christmas, target motorists...it's very boring now. These operations won't make one jot of difference to habitual drink drivers, offenders are happy to be part of this lottery. Is this the petty level of law enforcement Sussex Police chiefs have sunk to? You would be better of from a moral point of view allowing police officers to be with their families at this time of year, after all they work so hard all the rest of the year.[/p][/quote]You can say that right up to the point where your own life is affected by a drink-driver. The Prophet of Doom

10:51am Fri 3 Jan 14

Wiggo says...

Boloney-marshal wrote:
I can't believe this is how we utilise our busy police officers these days. Same thing every Christmas, target motorists...it's very boring now. These operations won't make one jot of difference to habitual drink drivers, offenders are happy to be part of this lottery. Is this the petty level of law enforcement Sussex Police chiefs have sunk to? You would be better of from a moral point of view allowing police officers to be with their families at this time of year, after all they work so hard all the rest of the year.
Getting drunks off the road is not targeting motorists, it's protecting them.
[quote][p][bold]Boloney-marshal[/bold] wrote: I can't believe this is how we utilise our busy police officers these days. Same thing every Christmas, target motorists...it's very boring now. These operations won't make one jot of difference to habitual drink drivers, offenders are happy to be part of this lottery. Is this the petty level of law enforcement Sussex Police chiefs have sunk to? You would be better of from a moral point of view allowing police officers to be with their families at this time of year, after all they work so hard all the rest of the year.[/p][/quote]Getting drunks off the road is not targeting motorists, it's protecting them. Wiggo

11:50am Fri 3 Jan 14

gheese77 says...

4 years in prison is more appropriate than a 4 year ban.
4 years in prison is more appropriate than a 4 year ban. gheese77

1:30pm Fri 3 Jan 14

Gaz the great says...

By now you would hope drivers had got the message, espically at this time of year, but over a 100 didn't. In fact quite a few seemed more than willing to assist the police by crashing. Hence why drink driving does not mix!
By now you would hope drivers had got the message, espically at this time of year, but over a 100 didn't. In fact quite a few seemed more than willing to assist the police by crashing. Hence why drink driving does not mix! Gaz the great

10:12pm Fri 3 Jan 14

Tussle says...

Magi-upstarts shouldn't get to choose the length of ban - as they are never consistent.
Magi-upstarts shouldn't get to choose the length of ban - as they are never consistent. Tussle

10:15pm Fri 3 Jan 14

Tussle says...

Sliding fixed scale - over a certain limit receive a certain length of ban, injure someone, kill someone, etc... At present it seems inconsistent. Agree they shouldn't be doing it, but some cases where they get caught appear odd.
Sliding fixed scale - over a certain limit receive a certain length of ban, injure someone, kill someone, etc... At present it seems inconsistent. Agree they shouldn't be doing it, but some cases where they get caught appear odd. Tussle

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