Local motorists convicted of drink-driving

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Six local people are among 21 motorists to be convicted of drink-driving since the start of the New Year.

Paul Brooker, 33, a groundsman, of Forest Dene in Crowborough, was arrested in Crowborough Road, Nutley, on December 12 and charged with driving with 49mg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in his system.

He pleaded guilty at Brighton Magistrates’ Court on December 31 and was disqualified from driving for 12 months. He was also ordered to pay a £496 fine, £85 costs and a £49 victim surcharge.

Michael Hanson, 54, a restauranteur, of Lawes Avenue in Newhaven, was arrested in Lewes Road, Newhaven, on December 16, and charged with driving with 44mg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in his system, driving with no licence, driving with no insurance and obstructing a PC in the execution of their duty.

He pleaded guilty at Brighton Magistrates’ Court on January 6 and was disqualified from driving for 16 months. He was also ordered to pay a £833 fine, £85 costs and a £25 victim surcharge.

Laura Gillett, 28, unemployed, of The Furlongs in Alfriston, was arrested in Lewes Road, Folkington, on December 16 and charged with driving with 52mg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in her system.

She pleaded guilty at Hastings Magistrates’ Court on January 6 and was disqualified from driving for 12 months. She was also ordered to pay a £110 fine, £85 costs and a £20 victim surcharge.

Henry Hunt, 18, a scaffolder, of Jonas Lane in Wadhurst, was arrested on the A265 at Heathfield on December 19, and charged with driving with 90mg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in his system, taking a vehicle without consent, driving with no licence and driving with no insurance.

He pleaded guilty at Brighton Magistrates’ Court on January 7 and was disqualified from driving for 23 months. He was also ordered to carry out 80 hours of unpaid work, and pay £85 costs and a £60 victim surcharge.

Jessica Langstreth, a bar worker, of St Annes Road in Willingdon, was arrested in Wannock Road, Polegate, on December 19, and charged with driving with 68mg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in her system and driving with no insurance.

She pleaded guilty at Hastings Magistrates’ Court on January 6 and was disqualified from driving for 17 months. She was also ordered to pay a total of £400 in fines, £85 costs and a £20 victim surcharge.

Paul Woollard, 43, a tree surgeon, was arrested at his address in Prince Charles Road, Lewes, on December 20 and charged with having 116mg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in his system while in charge of a vehicle.

He pleaded guilty at Brighton Magistrates’ Court on 7 January and has his licence endorsed with 10 penalty points. He was also ordered to pay a £290 fine, £85 costs and a £29 victim surcharge.

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 555 111 (http://www.crimestoppers-uk.org/).

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

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