Crowborough man is among 172 arrests for drink & drug-driving

Paul Smith, 53, unemployed, of Medway, was arrested in Mill Lane, Crowborough, on 5th December.

When breathalysed by Police he was found to have 59 microgrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath.  The legal limit in England and Wales is 35.

At Brighton Magistrates’ Court on 21st December, Mr Smith was disqualified from driving for 16 months.  He was also ordered to pay a £120 fine, £85 costs and a £30 victim surcharge.

Mr Smith is among seven people who have been convicted in court in the past few days, bringing the number of convictions so far this month to 23.

One of the others convicted so far, is a chef from East Grinstead who thought it was acceptable to drive after drinking three pints of beer.  In police interview, Gary Kersley, 37, of Queens Road, East Grinstead, confessed:

I wouldn’t say I was drunk but I was over the limit.

Mr Kersley admitted he intentionally drove having consumed alcohol, before he crashed his Volkswagen Golf into a Toyota in Brooklands Way in East Grinstead.  This caused him to further collide with a parked Audi at about 12.50am on 9th December.

Police arrived at the scene and noticed Kersley was unsteady on his feet.  A roadside breath test was carried out, which he failed – he was more than three times the legal drink-driving limit.

He was subsequently arrested and charged with driving with 108mg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in his system and driving with no insurance.

At Crawley Magistrates’ Court on 28th December, he was disqualified from driving for 25 months and sentenced to a 12 month community order.  He was also ordered to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work, and pay a £480 fine, £85 costs and a £85 victim surcharge.

So far, 172 motorists have been arrested as part of Surrey and Sussex Police’s Christmas crackdown on drink and drug-drivers, which runs until 1st January.

Brandon Taylor, 19, a window cleaner, of The Kiln, Burgess Hill, was arrested in Tylers Green, Uckfield, on 9th December and charged with driving with 46mg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in his system.  At Crawley Magistrates’ Court on 28th December, he was disqualified from driving for 12 months.  He was also ordered to pay a £120 fine, £85 costs and a £30 victim surcharge.

Paul Macken, 54, a manager, of Horney Common, Uckfield, was arrested on the A22 at Nutley on 11th December and charged with driving with 71mg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in his system.  At Hastings Magistrates’ Court on 28th December, he was disqualified from driving for 17 months.  He was also ordered to pay a £620 fine, £85 costs and a £62 victim surcharge.

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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