Eastbourne drug-driver banned for three years

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The number of people convicted of offences after being arrested as part of Operation Dragonfly, Sussex Police’s December 2014 drink and drug-driving crackdown, has reached 100.

One of these was Michael Dulake from Eastbourne.

He was arrested at 9.05pm on December 6 after officers stopped his car in Ingrams Way, Hailsham.

The 35-year-old was assessed by a doctor as being unfit to drive and was found to have cocaine and cannabis in his system.

Dulake, of Compton Street, Eastbourne, pleaded guilty to driving while unfit through drugs, possession of cannabis and possession of cocaine when he appeared at Hastings Magistrates’ Court on March 18.

He was banned from driving for three years, given a six-month conditional discharge, fined £110 and ordered to pay £20 costs and a £20 victim surcharge.

Chief Inspector Phil Nicholas, from Surrey and Sussex roads policing unit, said, “The number of convictions there have been so far shows that there remains a hardcore of people who still think it is acceptable to drink or take drugs and then drive.

“We need the people of Sussex to help us by telling us if they see someone that they think is driving while over the limit or who has taken drugs.

“We want to get selfish motorists off the roads so that they can’t put other people in danger with their behaviour.”

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.