More motorists charged with drink-drive offences in police Christmas crackdown

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A further 21 motorists, including five local drivers, have been charged with offences after being arrested as part of Sussex Police’s Christmas crackdown on drink and drug-driving.

Carlos Da Silva Berenguel, 57, was arrested at 4.30am on December 19 after he was found sitting in his car parked on a roundabout in Golden Jubilee Way, Eastbourne.

Da Silva Berenguel, of Highfield Link, Eastbourne, was charged with drink-driving and released on bail to appear at Hastings Magistrates’ Court on January 14.

Sergejs Tencs, 31, was arrested at midnight on December 20 after officers were given information that he could be drink-driving in Marine Parade, Eastbourne.

Tencs, of Colonnade Gardens, Eastbourne, was charged with failing to provide a specimen for analysis and was remanded in custody to appear at Brighton Magistrates’ Court yesterday (Monday 22 December).

Evgenia Talbot, 36, was arrested at 1am on December 20 in High Street, Polegate, after a member of the public reported almost being struck by her.

Talbot, of Cooksbridge, was charged with failing to provide a specimen for analysis and using a vehicle without an MOT. She was released on bail to appear at Hastings Magistrates’ Court on February 11.

Alexander Price, 31, was arrested at 8.30am on December 20 after he was stopped by police on the A22 in Lower Dicker.

Price, of Medway, Hailsham, was charged with drink-driving and released on bail to appear at Hastings Magistrates’ Court on February 11.

Gary Banks, 52, was arrested at 2.15pm on December 20 after officers stopped his car in Claremont Road, Seaford.

Banks, of Terminus Buildings, Seaford, was charged with drink-driving and released on bail to appear at Brighton Magistrates’ Court on February 13.

A total of 77 motorists have so far been charged with offences after they were arrested this month in Sussex’s drink and drug-driving crackdown.

For the first time, the December campaign is being run jointly by Sussex Police and Surrey Police alongside Sussex Safer Roads Partnership, Drive Smart in Surrey and the independent charity Crimestoppers.

As part of Operation Dragonfly - Sussex Police’s year-round strategy to remove drink and drug-drivers from the streets - roads policing unit officers are on dedicated patrols looking for offenders.

Teams will also respond to tip-offs from members of the public who see someone they know has been drinking getting into a car to drive.

The names of those charged are being proactively published.

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.