Footage captured on a drink-driver’s own dash cam, demonstrates how alcohol can seriously affect your ability to perform a seemingly routine task.
It shows how the black Mercedes ML320 enters Cheals Roundabout in Crawley at speed, before mounting the roundabout, narrowly missing a white van, then veering off to the nearside and hitting a pole.
The driver, who was uninsured and had no valid licence, then continues for a couple of miles before acknowledging a burst tyre, which causes him to stop.
A statement from Sussex Police said: “Police on patrol spotted the vehicle stationary on Brighton Road, near Pease Pottage, about 1.15am on Thursday 7 June, and pulled over to assist.”
The driver was identified as unemployed 20-year-old, Jordan Johnstone, of Staplefield Road, Handcross.
He was required to undergo a roadside breath test for alcohol, which he failed, and he was subsequently charged with driving with 104mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in his system, driving without due care and attention, driving without a valid licence and driving without insurance.
At Crawley Magistrates’ Court on 4 September, Johnstone pleaded guilty to all four offences and was sentenced to a 12-month community order. He was also disqualified from driving for 36 months, and ordered to pay £200 costs and a £85 victim surcharge.
Investigating officer, Sergeant Chris Glasspool, said:
“This footage demonstrates just how dangerous and irresponsible drink-driving is. Being under the influence of alcohol can seriously impair your ability to drive, as is clearly shown here, and it’s extremely fortunate Johnstone didn’t injure himself or anyone else.
“There’s simply no excuse for it. If you’re going to drink, leave your car at home; book a taxi, take public transport or get a lift with someone sober. Don’t risk it, we can assure you it’s not worth it.
“Every year in Sussex people are killed or seriously injured as a result of drink or drug-driving. Just think the next time you drive under the influence, you could kill yourself, a friend or a family member. Try living with that on your conscious.
“Our message is simple: drink OR drive, never both.”
If you’re prepared to drive under the influence of drink or drugs, prepare to face the consequences. These 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.
- People in Sussex can text officers on 65999 with the details of people they suspect of drink or drug-driving, or visit the Operation Crackdown website.
- You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or report it online.
If you know someone is driving while over the limit or after taking drugs, call 999.
Langley Green man sent to prison after more than £13k drugs found in his home
A Crawley man found with nearly £13,500 worth of drugs in his home has been given a prison sentence.
Police conducted a warrant at the address of Matthew Stevens in Dobson Road, Crawley, after reports from members of the public regarding suspicious behaviour in the area was reported.
During the search on 15 July 2016, officers found a quantity of cocaine, spice and drug paraphernalia. Stevens, 44, was then arrested.
He was released under investigation and the Crawley Investigation team began a long and complex analysis of items seized from the address.
Stevens was charged in May 2017 and pleaded not guilty to possession with intent to supply class A (cocaine), possession of a class B and possession with intent to supply a psychoactive substance (spice).
He stood trial at Hove Crown Court and on Friday 2 November Stevens was found guilty by a jury and sentenced to a total of four years.
Detective Constable Mark Buckley said:
“Sussex Police work tirelessly to stop the supply of illegal drugs within our community.
“The presiding Judge recognised the severity of Stevens’ actions and imposed a sentence representing that.
“We are conscientiously robustly tackling drug issues in Crawley and urge anyone who notices any suspicious behaviour to report it to us without delay.
“Let’s work together to make Crawley a safe place. No one knows their neighbourhoods better than residents themselves, so please get in touch if something seems out of place.”