Teenager banned after Christmas Day drink-drive around Eastbourne

Operation Dragonfly is focused on drink and drug-driving SUS-141224-111002001

Operation Dragonfly is focused on drink and drug-driving SUS-141224-111002001

  • Teenager is banned from the roads for a year after drink-driving around Eastbourne on Christmas Day
  • He was forced to pay a £550 fine after also being convicted of driving without a licence and without insurance
  • A 52-year-old man from Seaford has been banned from the road for 20 months after being arrested while more than twice the drink-drive limit
  • Hailsham man also pleaded guilty to drink-driving as number of people convicted under Sussex Police’s Christmas crackdown reaches 70
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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 by police driving the wrong way down the one-way Langney Road in Eastbourne.

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

Not only was he over the drink-drive limit but he had no licence or insurance.

He was caught during Sussex Police’s Christmas crackdown on drink and drug-driving.

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, from Surrey and Sussex roads policing unit, 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.

“Drink-driving is totally unacceptable and we have officers out every day looking for people like Hannah who think the law does not apply to them.

“If you know a motorist is drink-driving please tell us immediately so that we can get them off the streets before they hurt someone.”

A total of 70 people have so far been convicted after being arrested as part of Operation Dragonfly, Sussex Police’s December drink and drug-driving 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 when he appeared at Brighton Magistrates’ Court on February 13.

He 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 his Ford Transit van was stopped by police during drink-drive checks on the A22 in Lower Dicker.

Price, of Medway, Hailsham, pleaded guilty to drink-driving when he appeared at Hastings Magistrates’ Court on February 11.

He was banned from driving for 12 months and ordered to pay a £450 fine, £85 costs and a £45 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.