Crawley man gets one year ban for drink driving

A Crawley man has been banned from the roads after he was arrested during Sussex Police’s Christmas crackdown on drink and drug-driving.

David Ward, 53, was arrested at 2am on 7 December in Chapman Road, Crawley, after officers saw him driving erratically.

Ward, of Milborne Road, Crawley, pleaded guilty to drink-driving when he appeared at Crawley Magistrates’ Court on 7 January.

He was banned from driving for 12 months and told to pay a £400 fine, a £40 victim surcharge and £85 costs.

Russell Mitchell, 23, was arrested at 7.10pm on 28 December after he crashed his Peugeot 307 into a parked Honda Jazz in Oving Road, Chichester, while twice the drink-drive limit.

The 23-year-old had drunk a bottle of wine that afternoon before getting behind the wheel. He had been trying to adjust his car radio when he crashed.

Mitchell, of St Nicholas Road, Lavant, pleaded guilty to drink-driving and driving without insurance when he appeared at Crawley Magistrates’ Court on 8 January.

He was banned from driving for 20 months, fined £320 and told to pay a £32 victim surcharge and £85 costs.

David Clarke, 42, was arrested at 1.25pm on 7 December after he was found sitting in his car that had crashed into a bollard at Tanbridge Retail Park in Albion Way, Horsham.

Clarke, of Cook Road, Horsham, pleaded guilty to failing to provide a specimen for analysis when he appeared at Crawley Magistrates’ Court on 7 January.

He was banned from driving for 12 months and told to pay a £100 fine, a £20 victim surcharge and £85 costs.

Martin Hills was arrested at 3.10am on 10 December after officers were tipped off by a member of the public that the 25-year-old had seemed unsteady as he was getting into his car in High Street, Crawley.

When Hills was breathalysed he was found to be more than twice the drink-drive limit.

Hills, of Moorhead Road, Horsham, pleaded guilty to drink-driving when he appeared at Crawley Magistrates’ Court on 7 January.

He was banned from driving for 18 months and told to pay a £150 fine, a £20 victim surcharge and £85 costs.

Mark Nisbet had to be helped to stand by officers who stopped his car in Isaacs Lane, Haywards Heath, at 1.10am on 13 December.

The officers had seen the 53-year-old weaving across the lanes and mounting the kerb so pulled him over. Nisbet was more than three times the drink-drive limit.

Nisbet, of Boltro Road, Haywards Heath, pleaded guilty to drink-driving when he appeared at Crawley Magistrates’ Court on 7 January.

He was banned from driving for 28 months, ordered to do 80 hours of community service and told to pay a £60 victim surcharge and £85 costs.

A total of 27 people have so far been convicted of offences as part of the December 2014 campaign.