Driver was so drunk he almost ran over police officer in St Leonards

Eastbourne Hastings Bexhill Rye Battle Herald Observer
Eastbourne Hastings Bexhill Rye Battle Herald Observer

A motorist was so drunk he almost ran over a police officer in St Leonards who tried to stop him going the wrong way down a one-way street.

Stanley Perry was seen driving a Toyota Hiace the wrong way down Norman Road at 9.20pm on December 11 during Sussex Police’s Christmas crackdown on drink and drug driving. A police officer stood in the road to signal for the 48-year-old to stop but had to jump clear when Perry drove towards him. Perry had to brake further up the road when he came bumper to bumper with a car going the right way. When the officer caught up with him and opened the car door, Perry was so drunk he fell into the road. He was found to have 123 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of his breath when tested more than three times the 35 microgrammes legal limit. He said he had not tried to run down the police officer but had been so drunk he had not seen him.

Perry, of Larchfield Road, Maidenhead, Berkshire, pleaded guilty to drink-driving, failing to stop for an officer, driving without a licence, driving without insurance, ignoring a no entry sign and taking a vehicle without consent when he appeared at Hastings Magistrates’ Court on January 28. He was banned from driving for three years, given a 24-month suspended prison sentence and told to do 250 hours of community service.

He was also ordered to pay £85 costs and a £80 victim surcharge. He had already served a ban for drink-driving in 1993. Superintendent Jane Derrick, the head of roads policing in Sussex and Surrey, said: “Perry’s behaviour put himself, other motorists and a police officer in danger.”