Operation Dragonfly: Man banned for drink-driving in Hailsham

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A man who was caught drink-driving for the second time claimed he had only had two glasses of wine the night before.

Graham Edwards, 50, was arrested at 6.55am on June 17 after officers stopped his Vauxhall Astra in Arlington Road East, Hailsham.

He had 74 microgrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of his breath - more than twice the drink-drive legal limit.

He had only recently completed a two-year ban for drink-driving imposed in October 2012 and had a Lucozade bottle filled with wine on the passenger seat as he was driving.

Edwards, of Dads Hill, Cross in Hand, pleaded guilty to drink-driving when he appeared at Hastings Magistrates’ Court on July 1.

He was banned from driving for 38 months, fined £500 and ordered to pay £235 costs and a £50 victim surcharge.

Chief Inspector Phil Nicholas, of Sussex and Surrey roads policing unit, said: “Edwards was well over the limit at 7am and posed a risk not just to himself but to other people on the roads. If he had not been stopped he would have been driving drunk on the roads at rush hour.

“We urgently need the public’s help to get those who continue to drink and drive off the roads before they hurt someone.”

Alan Smith appeared drunk when he was seen buying alcohol at Cophall service station in Polegate on June 20.

A police officer in uniform who was in the queue in the shop saw the 57-year-old getting behind the wheel of his Vauxhall Corsa and driving off.

The officer followed him and arrested Smith at 12.15am in Hailsham Road, Polegate.

The driver had 44 microgrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of his breath.

Smith, of Clarence Court, Polegate, pleaded guilty to drink-driving when he appeared at Hastings Magistrates’ Court on July 8.

He was banned from driving for 12 months, fined £350 and ordered to pay £235 costs and a £35 victim surcharge.

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