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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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Appeal for help after five masked robbers force way into home in Crawley

Detectives in Crawley are seeking information about a violent attack at a home in Pound Hill.

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At 3,30pm on Thursday 22 November the occupants of the house in Punch Copse Road, answered the door, and were confronted with five men with their faces covered who threatened the occupants and forced their way into the house.

They stole a quantity of cash and a box containing some cutlery before leaving the address and making off in a car which was parked nearby.

All the suspects are described as black, and were wearing dark coloured clothing.

One of the occupants, a 37-year old woman, was knocked to the floor during the attack and sustained bruising and a shoulder injury for which she was treated at East Surrey Hospital.

Detective Constable Mark Buckley said;

“We have been making extensive local enquiries and are still seeking witnesses who were in the area that afternoon, particularly around Punch Copse Road or surrounding roads, and including anyone who was using dashcam in their own car at the time.”

If you have any information please contact us via 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101, quoting serial 904 of 22/11.

You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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