Heathfield drink driver among 100 convicted

Operation Dragonfly is focused on drink and drug-driving

Operation Dragonfly is focused on drink and drug-driving

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The number of people convicted of offences after being arrested as part of Operation Dragonfly, Sussex Police’s December 2014 drink and drug-driving crackdown, has reached 100.

Police said Johnny Nelson turned his grandfather’s Honda HRV over and blocked one side of the B2102 at the junction with Sandy Lane in Framfield before abandoning it and leaving.

The 29-year-old arrived at his grandfather’s home in Vernon Road, Uckfield, while officers were talking to the owner about the crash at 2am on Boxing Day.

Nelson, of Cross in Hand Road, Heathfield, pleaded guilty to drink-driving when he appeared at Brighton Magistrates’ Court on March 3.

He was banned from driving for 18 months, fined £160 and ordered to pay £85 costs and a £20 victim surcharge.

Michael Dulake was arrested at 9.05pm on December 6 after officers stopped his car in Ingrams Way, Hailsham.

The 35-year-old was assessed by a doctor as being unfit to drive and was found to have cocaine and cannabis in his system.

Dulake, of Compton Street, Eastbourne, pleaded guilty to driving while unfit through drugs, possession of cannabis and possession of cocaine when he appeared at Hastings Magistrates’ Court on March 18.

He was banned from driving for three years, given a six-month conditional discharge, fined £110 and ordered to pay £20 costs and a £20 victim surcharge.

Chief Inspector Phil Nicholas, from Surrey and Sussex roads policing unit, said: “The number of convictions there have been so far shows that there remains a hardcore of people who still think it is acceptable to drink or take drugs and then drive.

“We need the people of Sussex to help us by telling us if theyu see someone that they think is driving while over the limit or who has taken drugs.

“We want to get selfish motorists off the roads so that they can’t put other people in danger with their behaviour.”

People in Sussex can text officers on 65999 with the details of people they suspect of drink or drug driving or visit www.operationcrackdown.co.uk.

You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

To keep up to date with officers looking for drink drivers, follow #opdragonfly on Twitter.

If you know someone is driving while over the limit or after taking drugs call 999.