Drink-driver caught on mobile phone

Close-up of a police breathalyser
Close-up of a police breathalyser

Police caught a drink-driver after spotting him steering with one hand and using his mobile phone with the other.

Danny Fuller was seen driving a Renault Master van in Trinity Place, Eastbourne, while on the phone at about 2.30am on December 27.

The 29-year-old pulled over as if to park and when a police officer opened the driver’s door, Fuller was still using his mobile. He was breathalysed and found to also be over the drink-drive limit. Fuller, of Linden Road, pleaded guilty to drink-driving and using a mobile phone at Hastings Magistrates’ Court on February 18.

He was banned from driving for 12 months, fined £320 and ordered to pay £85 costs and a £32 victim surcharge.

Chief Inspector Phil Nicholas, from Surrey and Sussex roads policing unit, said,“Both drink-driving and using a phone at the wheel are dangerous individually but combining them could have been deadly. Drink-driving is totally unacceptable and I would urge anyone who sees someone who they suspect is drink-driving to contact us so we can take action immediately.

“Using a mobile phone can be equally as dangerous because it dramatically affects how much you are concentrating on the road and what is around you.”