83 arrests made in summer crackdown on drink and drug-drivers

A builder who crashed his van into a wall is among 83 motorists arrested during a summer crackdown on drink and drug-drivers.

Surrey Police and Sussex Police run a dedicated campaign every summer and Christmas when social occasions are typically at their peak.

The main aims are to raise awareness of the dangers of drink and drug-driving, to target offenders and to keep everyone safe on the roads.

A total of 83 arrests were made in Sussex during the crackdown which ran from 24 June to 7 July.

About 7.15pm on Friday 28 June, police received a report of a Ford Transit having crashed into a wall in Hewarts Lane, Bognor Regis.

The occupants of the vehicle had made off from the scene prior to police arrival, but descriptions were provided and they were located by officers nearby shortly afterwards.
The driver was identified as Lee Barrow, 59, a builder, of Carlton Avenue, Bognor Regis.
Due to the collision and the suspicion he was under the influence of alcohol, Barrow was required to provide a roadside breath test, which he declined.

He was taken to custody where he declined again, and was subsequently arrested and charged with failing to provide a specimen of breath for analysis.

At Worthing Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday 16 July, he was disqualified from driving for 12 months. He was also ordered to pay a £80 fine, £85 costs and a £32 victim surcharge.