Man, 75, caught driving while banned again

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A 75-year-old man from St Leonards with five convictions for drink-driving and six for driving while disqualified has been convicted of breaking the law again.

Harry Brown was arrested at 5pm on December 1 in Ledsham Close, St Leonards, after officers stopped his car because they were concerned that he was driving erratically.

Brown, of Willingdon Way, pleaded guilty to driving while disqualified, driving without insurance and possession of cannabis when he appeared at Hastings Magistrates’ Court on January 21. He was banned from driving for five years, given a 12-week suspended prison sentence, fined £50 and ordered to pay £85 costs and an £80 victim surcharge.

Brown already had five convictions for drink-driving as well as a further six convictions for driving while disqualified when he was arrested. Mr Brown was arrested during Sussex Police’s Operation Dragonfly.

The crackdown also resulted in Ferhat Yalcin, 33, and Tommy Ward, 32, had also been banned for drink-driving previously before they were caught during the operation. Yalcin was arrested at 5am on 5 December after officers saw him speeding and repeatedly swerving across the road on the A259 between Guestling and Icklesham.

Yalcin, of Woodland Vale Road, St Leonards, pleaded guilty to drink-driving when he appeared at Hastings Magistrates’ Court on 21 January. He already had a previous conviction and ban for drink-driving from 2006 when he was arrested.

Yalcin was banned from driving for 36 months and ordered to pay a £200 fine, £85 costs and a £20 victim surcharge. Ward stole a car and went drinking with a friend in Hastings on the evening of December 6 before crashing into a taxi that was waiting at a red light. He then drove off but was arrested at 3.25am on December 7 after officers stopped him in Havelock Road because the front of the car he was driving was damaged. When stopped he was twice the drink-drive limit.

Ward, of Seven Acre Close pleaded guilty to drink-driving, driving without insurance, driving without a licence, failing to stop after an accident and taking a vehicle without consent when he appeared at Hastings Magistrates’ Court on January 21. He already had two convictions and bans for drink-driving from 2006 and 2011 when he was arrested. He was banned from driving for 40 months and ordered to pay a £110 fine, £85 costs and a £60 victim surcharge.

Daniel Freeman was arrested at 4am on December 7 in Bexhill Road, St Leonards, after officers saw him driving erratically. Police following the 19-year-old in his Volkswagen Golf saw him speeding, tailgating other vehicles and driving on the wrong side of the road. Freeman, of St Saviour’s Road, St Leonards, pleaded guilty to drink-driving when he appeared at Hastings Magistrates’ Court on January 21. He was banned from driving for 12 months and ordered to pay a £200 fine, £85 costs and a £20 victim surcharge.

Geoffrey Hunt, 76, was arrested at 10.50pm on December 7 after he was stopped at a drink-drive check in Old London Road. Hunt, of Commanders Walk, Fairlight, pleaded guilty to drink-driving when he appeared at Hastings Magistrates’ Court on January 21. He was banned from driving for 12 months and ordered to pay a £200 fine, £85 costs and a £20 victim surcharge. A total of 38 people have so far been convicted of offences as part of the December 2014 campaign Operation Dragonfly.