Eastbourne drink driver tried to fool police by hiding car keys

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 man who was spotted performing donuts in a car park tried to pretend he was not drink-driving by hiding his keys from police.

Glenn Gallagher was approached by officers shortly after midnight on December 30 in the Langney Shopping Centre car park in Eastbourne.

Gallagher’s attempt to trick the officers was both poorly timed and foolish

The 36-year-old tried to claim he had not been driving by throwing his car keys under his vehicle but not only had the officers seen him spinning his car around, they had also seen him discarding his keys.

Gallagher, of Snowdon Close, pleaded guilty to drink-driving when he appeared at Hastings Magistrates’ Court on February 18.

He was banned from driving for 17 months and ordered to pay a £150 fine, £85 costs and a £20 victim surcharge.

Chief Inspector Phil Nicholas, from Surrey and Sussex roads policing unit, said, “Gallagher’s attempt to trick the officers was both poorly timed and foolish.

“His driving in the car park would have been dangerous even if he had not been drinking. He could have easily lost control of his vehicle.

“We will not tolerate drink-driving and would urge anyone who suspects someone is behind the wheel while over the limit to contact us.”

A total of 85 people have so far been convicted after being arrested as part of Operation Dragonfly, Sussex Police’s December drink and drug-driving crackdown.

David Browning, 48, was arrested at 9.30pm on December 29 in Seaside Road, Eastbourne, after he went through a red light in front of a patrol car and caused other drivers to brake suddenly to avoid him.

Browning, of South Lane, Chalton, Hampshire, pleaded guilty to drink-driving when he appeared at Hastings Magistrates’ Court on February 18.

He was banned from driving for 12 months and ordered to pay a £350 fine, £85 costs and a £35 victim surcharge.

Karis Hands was arrested at 3.25am on Christmas Day after officers saw her driving erratically in College Road, Eastbourne.

The 27-year-old was almost twice the drink-driving limit.

Hands, of Alexandra Road, Eastbourne, pleaded guilty to drink-driving when she appeared at Hastings Magistrates’ Court on February 18.

She was banned from driving for 18 months and ordered to pay a £130 fine, £40 costs and a £20 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 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.