Serial Lewes drink-driver almost four times the limit

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A serial Lewes drink-driver has been banned from the roads after he was caught over the limit for the fifth time.

William Langley had already served four bans for drink-driving when officers found him behind the wheel of his wife’s car in Lewes while he was almost four times the drink-drive limit.

Police had been called to the Tesco superstore in Brooks Road in the town at about 11.30am on July 19 after staff refused to serve the 62-year-old alcohol because they believed he was drunk.

Langley argued with the Tesco workers but then got into a Nissan Note and drove off so a member of staff dialled 999.

Officers traced Langley to his home in Prince Charles Road, Lewes, and when he was breathalysed he was found to have 132 microgrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of his breath - well above the 35 microgrammes drink-drive limit.

Polive said he had already received bans for drink-driving in 1986, 1993, 2002 and 2003, had two previous convictions for driving while disqualified and had been jailed twice for driving offences.

Langley pleaded guilty to drink-driving, driving while disqualified and driving without insurance when he appeared at Brighton Magistrates’ Court on January 7.

He was banned from driving for three years and ordered to pay a £715 fine, a £37 victim surcharge and £85 costs.

Superintendent Jane Derrick, the head of road policing in Sussex and Surrey, said: “This is a very worrying case where Langley has clearly not accepted that mixing drink and driving put lives at risk.

“Drink-driving is totally unacceptable and we will target anyone who believes they are above the law.

“It was already becoming a taboo when Langley was first banned but in the 21st century it is socially unacceptable.

“I would like to thank the members of the public who alerted us to Langley’s actions and I would urge anyone who has similar suspicions about motorists to contact us.

“Langley could have injured or killed himself or someone else so it is vital that we are told about people like him who are driving while banned or without licences so we can do all we possibly can to keep people safe on the roads across Sussex.”

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.