This is what happened when a drink-driver decided to drive home from his work Christmas party.Ben Sindall was more than twice the legal limit when his Vauxhall Vivaro was discovered damaged close to Robin Hood Roundabout on the A24 at Horsham.
On arrival at the scene on the evening of Saturday 15 December, police discovered damage had been caused to the roundabout signs, leaving a large amount of oil and debris on the road.
Sindall identified himself as the driver and fully admitted to being in no fit state to drive. He said he intended to get a taxi home but stupidly chose to drive – and instead of going around the roundabout, he drove straight over it.
The 37-year-old carpet fitter, of Shelley Road, Horsham, was subsequently charged with driving with 91mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in his system. The legal limit is 35mcg.
At Crawley Magistrates’ Court on 3 January, he was disqualified from driving for 23 months and sentenced to a 12-month community order, requiring him to carry out 80 hours of unpaid work. He was also ordered to pay £85 costs and a £85 victim surcharge.
Sindall was convicted as part of Surrey and Sussex Police’s Christmas crackdown on drink and drug-drivers.
Details of people convicted as part of the campaign will be published on our website.
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.
Horsham man sentenced to 18 months after caught carrying drugs
A Horsham man has been handed a prison sentence after being caught in possession of drugs.
Thomas Griffiths, 21, of no fixed address was spotted acting suspiciously by officers in The Forum, Horsham on November 14.
Griffiths attempted to flee from the scene but following a short pursuit on foot, Griffiths was detained. Officers conducted a search and found a large quantity of cannabis and cash in a rucksack Griffiths was carrying.
The decorator was arrested and later charged with possession with intent to supply class B drugs (cannabis), possession of a bladed article in a public place and the acquire, use or possession of criminal property.
Griffiths pleaded guilty and was remanded in custody until he appeared at Lewes Crown Court on Friday (February 1).
He was sentenced to 18 months in prison, given an order for forfeiture of the drugs and cash and to pay a £140 victim surcharge.
Investigating officer Tom Hawkins said:
“Our officers had attended the area for a different matter when they spotted Griffiths acting suspiciously and dropping the rucksack he was carrying.
“It is vital that we do all we can to prevent the supply of drugs causing harm to the community.
“We prioritise crimes that cause the greatest harm to victims and communities and encourage the public to report drugs issues to us without delay.”