Teen’s ban after Christmas Day drink-drive

Sussex Police launched a crackdown on drink-driving
Sussex Police launched a crackdown on drink-driving

A teenager has been banned from the roads for a year after he took his friend’s car on a Christmas Day drink-drive.

George Hannah was arrested at 2am on December 25 after he was seen driving the wrong way down the one-way Langney Road in Eastbourne.

He put not only his life but that of his friends and other road users in danger by his selfish actions

He had been given the keys to a friend’s Vauxhall Corsa to get his jacket from inside the car but had then got behind the wheel with two friends in the passenger seats.

Hannah, of Queen Elizabeth Close, Battle, pleaded guilty to drink-driving, driving without a licence and driving without insurance when he appeared at Hastings Magistrates’ Court on February 18.

He was banned from driving for 12 months and ordered to pay a £550 fine, £40 costs and a £27 victim surcharge.

Chief Inspector Phil Nicholas said, “Hannah put not only his life but that of his friends and other road users in danger by his selfish actions. He had not even passed his driving test but thought it was acceptable while on a night out to get behind the wheel of a car after he had been drinking.”

A total of 70 people have so far been convicted after being arrested as part of Sussex Police’s drink-drive crackdown.

Gary Banks was arrested at 2.15pm on December 20 after officers stopped his car in Claremont Road, Seaford. The 52-year-old was more than twice the drink-drive limit.

Banks, of Terminus Buildings, Seaford, pleaded guilty to drink-driving and was banned from driving for 20 months and ordered to pay a £110 fine, £85 costs and a £20 victim surcharge.

Alexander Price, 31, was arrested at 8.30am on December 20 after he was stopped by police during checks on the A22. Price, of Medway, Hailsham, pleaded guilty to drink-driving and was banned from driving for 12 months and ordered to pay a £450 fine, £85 costs and a £45 victim surcharge.