‘Morning after’ drink drivers are arrested

Emergency services reconstruct a drink drive accident for students at Peterborough Regional College. In the scenario, the male driver, Jake Maddison fails a roadside breath test conducted by PC Steve Gedny and is arrested. His female passenger leaves the scene in a body bag.
Emergency services reconstruct a drink drive accident for students at Peterborough Regional College. In the scenario, the male driver, Jake Maddison fails a roadside breath test conducted by PC Steve Gedny and is arrested. His female passenger leaves the scene in a body bag.

Suspected ‘morning after’ drink drivers are featuring prominently in motorists stopped by Sussex Police road policing officers in this summer’s drink drive campaign.

Three men stopped on June 23 will appear at court charged with drink driving first thing in the morning.

They include a 25-year-old plasterer who was stopped on the A27 at 7.30am and charged with drink driving after being found to have 84 microgrammes in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35mg.

A farm worker was also arrested at 9.15am, found to have 58 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath and has been charged with drink driving, and a refuse worker stopped at 10am on June 2 blew 69 microgrammes in 100 millilitres of breath.

All three will appear in court in July.

Chief Inspector Phil Nicholas said, “A lot of people don’t realise they still might be over the limit after they’ve been drinking the night before. Please remember to give your body time to process the alcohol. If in doubt, don’t drive in the morning.

“There is no hard and fast rule to how much you can drink and be under the limit. The only safe option is don’t drive even if you’ve had just one.”

A night of 200 stops locally on June 14 led to 52 people being breathalised but not one person being arrested. During the evening officers spotted a suspected drink driver and began to pursue him. He abandoned the car but officers, with the help of the police dogs, were able to trace him. A 21-year-old man from Hastings was arrested on suspicion of aggravated vehicle taking, possession of class A drugs, unfit to drive through drink or drugs, and failing to stop. He has been bailed until August 20 while investigations continue.