Woman was almost five times over the drink-drive limit on Eastbourne street

A woman has received a suspended prison sentence after she recorded a breath test reading almost five times the drink-drive limit in Eastbourne, according to police.

Tuesday, 22nd June 2021, 1:57 pm

A Sussex Police spokesperson said, “On the evening of Friday April 2, police received a call from a member of the public concerned by the manner of driving of a blue Seat in the Eastbourne area.

“The driver was reported to have collided with a number of bollards.

“A registration number was provided, which enabled officers to quickly locate the vehicle, and they signalled for it to stop in St Anthony’s Avenue.

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“The driver was identified as Sarah Walsh, 45, a care worker, of Cross Street, Herne Bay, Kent.

“She failed a breath test, and was subsequently charged with driving with 170mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in her system – almost five times the legal limit of 35mcg.”

According to police, Walsh pleaded guilty to the offence, and at Hastings Magistrates’ Court on June 16, she was sentenced to 14 weeks’ imprisonment, suspended for 12 months.

She was also disqualified from driving for 36 months, and required to pay a £128 victim surcharge and £85 costs, police said.

Sergeant Vicki Rees, of the Sussex Roads Policing Unit, said, “Thanks to a member of the public, we were able to locate and stop the driver, and prevent her from potentially causing serious injury – or worse – to herself or someone else.

“This case demonstrates that we will respond to reports of drink or drug-drivers as we strive to keep everyone safe on our roads, and take robust action against offenders who put lives at risk.”

Sussex Police said officers in Surrey and Sussex are currently running a month-long campaign dedicated to tackling drink and drug-driving – in addition to routine roads policing duties.

A spokesperson from Sussex Police said, “Anyone arrested during the campaign and convicted of offences can expect to be identified on our website and social media channels.

“This is aimed to act as a deterrent and to hold offenders accountable for their actions.

“The consequences of drink or drug-driving could include the following: a minimum 12 month ban; an unlimited fine; a possible prison sentence; a criminal record, which could affect your current and future employment; an increase in your car insurance; trouble travelling to countries such as the USA; you could also kill or seriously injure yourself or someone else.”

People in Sussex can text officers on 65999 with the details of people they suspect of drink or drug-driving.

Residents can also visit the Operation Crackdown website or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online.

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