Crowborough drink-driver’s crash captured on dash cam

A drink-driver from Crowborough has been captured on her own dash cam crashing into the pedestrian crossing by Fermor School.

Caroline Jeffery originally denied the offence.  She claimed an unknown man who she met at Wetherspoons offered to drive her home from the pub, and then ran from the scene following the collision.

However, footage from her dash cam clearly shows her exiting the driver’s side of her vehicle.  Further evidence of this is shown by CCTV from a local shop, which also captured the crash.

Police were called to the incident involving a white Volkswagen Golf in Crowborough Hill at about 11pm on Tuesday 15th January.

Jeffery failed a roadside breath test, and was subsequently arrested and charged with driving with almost twice the legal limit of alcohol in her system.  She had 66mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath.  The legal limit is 35mcg.

Dash cam and CCTV footage were produced as evidence at Worthing Magistrates’ Court last week (Thursday 14th), and Jeffery pleaded guilty to the offence.

You can watch it here:

The 45-year-old warehouse worker of Rochester Way in Crowborough was disqualified from driving for 18 months, fined £530, and ordered to pay £200 costs and a £53 victim surcharge.

Photographs taken at the scene show the extent of the damage caused to the traffic lights and the vehicle involved, which included a smashed windscreen.

Drink / Drug Driving Penalties

Police are warning drivers prepared to drive under the influence of drink or drugs to face the consequences:

  • 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.

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