Dorset Man Caught Drink-Driving In Eastbourne

Tuesday 2nd August 2016

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A man from Dorset’s been stripped of his licence after being caught drink-driving in Eastbourne.

At about 11.40pm on Saturday 9 July, police were flagged down by staff at The Alexandra Arms public house in Seaside, Eastbourne.

The officers were informed of an "extremely drunk” couple in the rear car park who had refused to hand their keys over upon leaving the premises.

Moments later, a blue Ford Focus emerged from the car park and turned left onto Allfrey Road. The vehicle had no lights on and was driving very slowly.

Police signalled for the car to stop, but it continued into Norway Road and left onto Vine Square, before it eventually came to a standstill.

PC Deborah Sands said: "As we approached the driver, it was immediately apparent that he was heavily intoxicated from his demeanour and the smell of alcohol coming from him. He was arrested on suspicion of drink-driving and the female passenger was taken home. Both parties were extremely drunk and verbally abusive to officers.”

The suspect initially refused to provide any personal details but, once at custody, a driving licence was found in his wallet which identified him as Darren Johnson, of Dacombe Drive, Poole, Dorset.

The 47-year-old, who is unemployed, failed a breath test and was subsequently charged with driving with 97mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in his system.

He pleaded guilty at Hastings Magistrates' Court on Wednesday (27 July) and was disqualified from driving for 24 months. He was also ordered to carry out 110 hours of unpaid work in the next 12 months, and pay £85 costs and a £85 victim surcharge.

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