Sussex police name those found guilty in festive drink drive crackdown

A number of drink drivers have been found guilty in Sussex as part of Operation Limit.

A number of drink drivers have been found guilty in Sussex as part of Operation Limit.

In keeping with previous campaigns, some of those convicted over the festive season are being named to raise awareness.

39-year-old Adrian Karas a former chef at Hill Brow in Hove was stopped in Lancing on his motorbike, speeding with an invalid license and being over the limit.

Karas was disqualified from driving for 14months and fined £507.

49-year-old Benedict Glassock unemployed of Salisbury Road in Worthing, was involved in a road traffic collision in the town on the A259 in the early hours of December 5th  and over the legal limit.

In court Glassock was disqualified from driving for 2 years and ordered to pay court costs and do 80 hours of unpaid work.

Elsewhere in Sussex, Benjamin Davies, 34, a civil engineer of Station Road, Hailsham, was found slumped across the front seat of a van at the Rodmill roundabout in Eastbourne.

Following a report by the public, he was roused by an officer and was found to be over the alcohol limit on December 2.

At Hastings Magistrates’ Court on January 9 it was revealed he tested positive for 105 microgrammes (ug) of alcohol per 100 millilitres (ml) of breath. The legal limit is 35ug of alcohol per 100ml of breath.

Davies admitted being in charge of a motor vehicle while over the legal alcohol limit. He was disqualified for six months and was fined £461, with £85 costs and a £184 surcharge.

Ryan Mann, 27, a construction worker of Beauchamp Road, St Leonards, was arrested at a stop check site on the A259 London Road in Hastings on December 2. Officers could smell alcohol, and he tested positive for 64ug of alcohol per 100ml of breath.

At Hastings Magistrates’ Court on January 9 he admitted driving over the legal alcohol limit and was disqualified for 18 months. He was fined £400, with £85 costs and a £160 surcharge.

Phillip Jenkins, 76, retired of Ellerslie Lane, Bexhill, was stopped in Turkey Road on December 5. A member of the public had seen him stop in a layby, where he took out a bottle of spirits believed to be either rum or whisky from the boot of his car.

He was on his way home from the supermarket and stopped to drink alcohol. He tested positive for 44ug of alcohol per 100ml of breath.

At Hastings Magistrates’ Court on January 9 he admitted driving over the alcohol limit and was disqualified for one year. He was fined £692, with £85  costs and a £277 surcharge.

Finally, Xhoana Lama, 31, an art and fashion designer of Croydon Road, Caterham, was stopped in Crawley for anti-social driving and was involved in a minor collision. She tested positive for 40ug of alcohol per 100ml of breath.

At Crawley Magistrates’ Court on January 11 she admitted driving over the legal alcohol limit and was disqualified for one year, with a £415 fine, £85 costs and a £166 surcharge.

Sussex Police say the consequences of drink or drug-driving could include the following:

  • 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;
  • You could also kill or seriously injure yourself or someone else

 

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