Curfew and ban for 'serial' drink-driver

A NEWHAVEN man, arrested on excess alcohol offences three times in two months, was banned from driving for 45 months by Lewes magistrates on Wednesday.

Crispin Kerslake, 32, of Chestnut Way, was also placed under a curfew for six months, required to stay in his home from 8pm to 6am, seven days a week.

A special attached electronic tag will enable police to monitor his movements.

Unemployed Kerslake, who will have to pay 230 costs and serve an 18 month community rehabilitation order, admitted two counts of driving with excess alcohol and one of being in charge of a car with excess alcohol.

Andrew Holt, prosecuting, said the first offence happened on May 3 when there were five calls from members of the public saying they had seen Kerslake with a Rover Metro drunk in Newhaven town centre.

He was arrested with the keys in his possession, saying he wanted to go home. A breath test gave a reading of 116 - more than three times the legal limit of 35.

While on bail he was stopped on July 3 in Dorchester with his wife and three children in a Ford Orion.

His speech was slurred and he was ordered to take a breath test which gave a reading of 64 - alomst twice the legal limit.

And on July 7 police were called to a traffic accident in Chestnut Way where Kerslake's Ford had damaged two parked cars.

A member of the public had taken away his ignition key while he was still in the car.

A breath test gave a reading of 93.

Ray Blount, defending, said Kerslake was seeking help for his alcohol problems and had sold his car.

He appreciated he was in danger of a jail sentence but there were now four children in his family and his wife would not be able to cope without him.

He had not had a drink since the last arrest and intended to stay that way.

He had spent a week in custody and was now highly motivated to get off alcohol.