Eastbourne man charged with drink driving on New Year’s Day

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A 19-year-old from Eastbourne has been arrested for drink driving on New Year’s Day following the conclusion of a police crackdown on drink and drug-drivers.

Operation Dragonfly, which ran from December 1 to December 31, saw a total of 182 arrests made in the county during that time.

Of the 182 arrests made in December, a total of 27 people have been convicted, and a further 72 have been charged and are due to appear in court.

Officers have arrested another 21 motorists on suspicion of drink and drug-driving offences since the start of the New Year. Of these, 13 have been charged to appear at court.

They include 19-year-old Matthew Woodward an administrative assistant, of Linden Close in Eastbourne, who was arrested in Eastbourne Road, Willingdon, on Friday (January 1) and charged with driving with 54mg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in his system. The legal limit is 35mg.

Another Eastbourne man, 35-year-old civil engineer, Keith Larmour, was arrested at his home in Edmund Close, Eastbourne, on Sunday (January 3) and charged with driving with 94mg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in his system.

Both men are due to appear before Hastings Magistrates’ Court on January 20.

Phil Nicholas, Chief Inspector of the Sussex Police Roads Policing Unit, says he is disappointed that a number of people continue to break the law, putting their lives - and others’ - at risk.

He said, “I feel the campaign has been a success in that we have arrested a large number of people who may otherwise have been involved in an accident orended up causing fatalities on the roads in Sussex.

“However, it is extremely disappointing that some people have not taken heed of the message, as is reflected in the statistics with 21 more people being arrested for drink and drug-driving related offences in the first three days of 2016 - 10 on New Year’s Day alone.

“It shows that this campaign is not aimed solely at targeting drink and drug-drivers at Christmas; it is a year-round strategy and we will continue to bring offenders to justice.”

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 555 111

If you know someone is driving while over the limit or after taking drugs call 999.

Chief Inspector Nicholas added, “Drink and drug-driving is dangerous and it’s antisocial, and we are reinforcing this message by publishing the names of those who are charged and convicted. In doing so, we are discouraging antisocial behaviour and illegal activity, and we hope this acts as a deterrent to motorists.

“We have also seen those who areprepared to drink and drive across a broad range of society, from young adults to pensioners, and from the unemployed to working professionals. No one is exempt from the law.

“Ultimately, we want people to realise it’s not worth losing their job or their licence - or their life - for the sake of driving while under the influence of drink or drugs. The message is clear - drink or drive; never both.”

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