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M23 drink-drivers ‘pathetic’ burger excuse



A drink-driver involved in a collision on the M23 claimed he “should have had a bigger burger”.

Colin Delaney admitted he had consumed “a couple of glasses of wine at lunch time” prior to the crash just south of junction 9 near Crawley.

He was driving a silver Mercedes CL500 which collided with the rear of a green Ford Transit in lane three of the southbound carriageway.

Both vehicles sustained extensive damage as a result of the collision, which occurred at about 7.40pm on 31 May 2017.

It caused the entire southbound carriageway to be closed for about 30 minutes while the vehicles were recovered and debris was cleared from the scene.

Delaney, 56, a director, of Hammerpond Road, Plummers Plain, Horsham, failed a roadside breath test and was subsequently charged with driving with 40mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in his system.

He showed no remorse for his actions and was more interested in finding out how far over the limit he was.

When the arresting officer advised him of the breath test reading, Delaney replied:

“I should have had a bigger burger.”

At Horsham Magistrates’ Court on Monday (5 February), he was disqualified from driving for 13 months. He was also fined £300 and ordered to pay £450 costs and a £30 victim surcharge.

Arresting officer PC Brad Simms, of the Bognor Regis Response Unit, said:

“Eating a bigger meal would have had a minimal impact on the breath test reading Delaney recorded. Instead of worrying about how close to the legal limit he was, Delaney could have guaranteed he was safe to drive by not drinking altogether.

“The effects of alcohol vary from person to person, and depend on a number of factors including age, weight, sex, metabolism, type of alcohol, what a person has eaten recently and their stress levels at the time.

“Delaney made a conscious decision to drive having consumed alcohol earlier that day. In doing so he not only risked being over the limit; he also risked his own life and the lives of other road users.

“Aside from being illegal, drink-driving is socially unacceptable and Sussex Police will prosecute anyone caught committing the offence.

“Our advice is simple: drink OR drive; never both.”

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.

Alternatively, you can visit the Crimestoppers website or contact the independent charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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

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Urgent appeal as £5k reward offered to find violent man who ransacked Crawley shop and assaulted child



Police have launched an urgent appeal and offered a reward of up to £5,000 for information leading to the capture of Jordan Charles.

Charles has links to Crawley and Bexhill in East Sussex as well as Croydon in South London.

The appeal for anonymous information has been launched to urgently find 23-year-old Jordan Charles, who is wanted for questioning over a series of violent incidents in Sussex.  

A string of offences in recent months includes: violence and robbery; threatening revellers with a knife in Brighton; using racist and homophobic language; spitting saliva and blood at police; ransacking a takeaway in Crawley and attacking a customer; attacking staff at another Crawley restaurant with a glass and a metal chain dog lead wrapped around his hand; punching and kicking a woman to the floor outside a nightclub; assaulting a 12-year-old girl who had come to the aid of her mother and aunt during a parking dispute.

He has also failed to appear in court.

Jordan Charles is black, about 5’ 9″, of medium build and with black hair. He is known to have links to Crawley, and is thought to still frequent the area.

Glenys Balchin, Crimestoppers Regional Manager said:

“This man must be found before anyone else comes to harm, which is why we are making an urgent appeal to the public in Sussex, Surrey and south London to help find his location. Jordan Charles is dangerous and the allegations against him are serious.
“It is important to remind people that assisting somebody wanted for questioning over a crime can lead to prosecution. We are appealing to anybody who may know the whereabouts of Jordan Charles to urgently tell our charity what you know 100% anonymously. Always. You can call our UK Contact Centre, which is open 24/7, on freephone number 0800 555 111 or you can use our simple and secure anonymous online form.
“Crimestoppers has been taking crime information since our charity was formed over 32 years ago. Every day over a thousand people trust our charity with their anonymous information. Nobody will know you contacted us, only you.”

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