Hailsham drink-driver banned from the roads

Police news.
Police news.

A Hailsham man who tried to run away from police when they stopped to breathalyse him has been banned from the roads for 23 months.

James Lawrence tried to run away from officers after they pulled his van over because they suspected he was drink-driving.

An off-duty officer had dialled 999 after seeing Lawrence drive off the road and almost hit a cyclist with his van in Ersham Road, Hailsham at 11.30pm on June 29.

When uniformed officers told him they wanted to breathalyse him, Lawrence tried to run off but was caught and arrested.

The 30-year-old, of Capella Path, Hailsham, pleaded guilty to drink-driving. He was banned from driving for 23 months and ordered to pay a £400 fine, £85 costs and a £40 victim surcharge.

Superintendent Jane Derrick said, “It is hard to understand what Lawrence thought he could achieve by running away, bearing in mind the officers had his van and had seen him driving it.

“He is yet another example of the sort of motorist who seems to think that the drink-driving laws don’t apply to them. We will not tolerate any drink-driving and anyone who we catch should expect to be banned from the roads.”

A total of 65 people have now been convicted of offences after being arrested in June as part of Operation Dragonfly - Sussex Police’s crackdown on drink and drug driving.

Maria De-Wet, 64, was arrested at 10.15am on June 10 after officers saw her swerving across Golden Jubilee Way in Polegate.

De-Wet, of Kings Ride, Alfriston, pleaded guilty to drink-driving. She was banned from driving for 12 months and ordered to pay a £110 fine, £85 costs and a £20 victim surcharge.

Wesley Delaney, 27, has become the 117th person charged with offences as part of the June Operation Dragonfly campaign.

Delaney, of Hadlow Avenue, Eastbourne, was arrested at 1.05am on June 27 after officers were told that he could be drink-driving from Bexhill to Eastbourne.

He has been charged with drink-driving and released on bail to appear at Eastbourne Magistrates’ Court on December 18.

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.

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