Eastbourne man caught drink driving after a party

Operation Dragonfly is focused on drink and drug-driving SUS-141224-111002001
Operation Dragonfly is focused on drink and drug-driving SUS-141224-111002001

A 28-year-old turned down the chance of a lift after a party and instead got behind the wheel when he was drunk.

Wesley Delaney spent the evening of June 26 last year drinking at the event at Bexhill United Football Club in Brockley Road but then drove home.

A member of the public reported that Delaney could be drink-driving and officers arrived at Delaney’s home in Hadlow Avenue, Eastbourne, at about 1am on June 27 to find him leaning in the driver’s door of his car.

Delaney was found to have 88 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of his breath - more than twice the legal limit of 35 microgrammes - but insisted that he had driven home hours earlier and had instead been drinking at home.

He could not explain why his car engine was warm or how witnesses and police cameras could have seen his vehicle being driven from the football club to his home moments before police arrived.

However Delaney pleaded guilty to drink-driving when he appeared at Eastbourne Magistrates’ Court on March 12.

He was banned from driving for 21 months, fined £300 and ordered to pay £600 costs and a £30 victim surcharge.

Chief Inspector Phil Nicholas, of Surrey and Sussex roads policing unit, said, “We actively encourage people to arrange in advance how they are going to get home when they go out for the night.

“We also ask people to keep an eye out for those who might drink-drive and to get sober friends to take them home or to call them a taxi.

“A number of people tried to look out for Delaney but he refused the offers of help and instead decided to drive despite the fact he must have known he would be over the limit.

“His selfish behaviour could have caused an accident and rather than getting a lift he has got a long ban from driving and a bill for hundreds of pounds.”

A month-long campaign was run in June as part of Operation Dragonfly, the force’s crackdown on drink and drug drivers.

Of the 119 people to have been charged, 109 have been convicted of offences so far. The remaining 10 are still being dealt with by the courts.

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.