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VIDEO: Watch shocking footage of drink-driver speeding through Southgate, Crawley

The driver pleaded guilty to four offences including driving without a valid licence and driving without insurance.

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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.

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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.

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Former Surrey man who now resides in Crawley sentenced for online offences

A 28-year-old man has been given a suspended sentence for inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.

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Adam O’Sullivan, of Hunter Road, Crawley, O’Sullivan believed he was talking to a 14-year-old girl but was actually speaking to an investigating officer posing as a teenage girl on Kik messenger.

In May 2016 while living in Weybridge, O’Sullivan used the messaging app to entice the 14-year-old girl he thought he was speaking to, to send indecent images of herself to him. He also sent indecent images of himself.

During their conversation he knew the user was underage but continued to request for various indecent images, they even discussed meeting up.

He was also in various online groups that were sharing indecent videos and images of children.

O’Sullivan was charged with attempting to incite a child to engage in sexual activity and three counts of making indecent images of a child in July 2018. He initially pleaded not guilty to all charges at Guildford Crown Court but changed his plea to guilty just before trial in February. He was sentenced today (18 March), to 22 weeks in custody, suspended for 18 months.

O’Sullivan was also given a seven-year Sexual Harm Prevention Order.

DC Rene Murdoch said:

“Thankfully O’Sullivan was talking to the police instead of an innocent child and no one was hurt.

“Due to our undercover work we were able to identify an offender, and he will now be prevented from having contact with young persons and restrictions in place around his use of computers and the internet.

“We work tirelessly in Surrey to keep people safe from sexual offenders who pose a risk to children. Some of this work isn’t always visible but rest assured it goes on.”

Surrey Polices top tips:

We strongly advise to turn privacy settings on your social media accounts on to prevent messages and requests from strangers.

Do not accept requests from someone you don’t know.

Never give your personal details or send images of yourself to someone online.

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