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More Christmas drink and drug-drivers identified

News   •   Jul 01, 2019 10:04 BST

A drug-driver who entered a village store in possession of a knife on New Year’s Eve has been convicted in court.

Police were called about 8.30pm on 31 December 2018 after a member of the public reported seeing a young man enter One Stop in North Lane, East Preston, with a knife tucked into his trousers.

He left the premises prior to officers’ arrival in a black Ford Fiesta, which was traced to an address in nearby Russell’s Close.

Officers attended and the man who answered the door was identified as Matt Coughlan, 22, unemployed, of that address. He admitted he had driven to One Stop, and claimed he entered the store in possession of a torch which he said was for protection. He was searched and no torch was found.

However, on searching his vehicle, officers discovered a knife measuring approximately 6” in the driver’s side door. The vehicle also had a strong smell of cannabis, and Coughlan was therefore required to take a DrugWipe test, which he failed. He was also found in possession of a small bag of white powder.

He was subsequently arrested and charged with driving with 6mcg of cannabis and 66mcg of MDMA per litre of blood in his system. The legal limits are 2mcg and 10mcg respectively. He was also charged with possession of a knife in public and possession of cocaine.

At Worthing Magistrates’ Court on 11 June, Coughlan was sentenced to 12 weeks in jail, suspended for 12 months, and ordered to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work. He was also disqualified from driving for 12 months, and ordered to pay £85 costs and a £115 victim surcharge.

A total of 240 motorists were arrested in Sussex as part of Surrey Police and Sussex Police’s Christmas crackdown on drink and drug-drivers, which ran from 1 December 2018 to 1 January 2019.

Of those, 126 have since been convicted in court. The remaining have either been charged, released under investigation or released without charge.

These are the other latest people to be convicted:

  • Paul White, 48, a carpenter, of Meadow Road, Worthing, was arrested in Bedford Row, Worthing, on 1 December, and charged with driving with 11mcg of cocaine and 463mcg of benzoylecgonine (the main metabolite of cocaine) per litre of blood in his system. The legal limits are 10mcg and 50mcg respectively. He was also charged with possession of diamorphine, and driving without a valid licence, insurance or a test certificate.
    At Crawley Magistrates’ Court on 7 June, he was disqualified from driving for 12 months. He was also ordered to pay a £600 fine, £85 costs and a £30 victim surcharge.
  • Attila Illes, 18, a gardener, of Holmans, Ardingly, was arrested in Issacs Lane, Haywards Heath, on 11 December, and charged with driving with 3.5mcg of cannabis per litre of blood in his system. The legal limit is 2mcg. He was also charged with driving without a valid licence.
    At Crawley Magistrates’ Court on 25 June, he was disqualified from driving for 12 months. He was also ordered to pay a £230 fine, £85 costs and a £30 victim surcharge.
  • Paul Whybrow, 39, a roo0fer, of Angola Road, Broadwater, was arrested in Goring Road, Worthing, on 11 December, and charged with driving with 115mcg of cocaine and more than 800mcg of benzoylecgonine per litre of blood in his system.
    At Worthing Magistrates’ Court on 4 June, he was disqualified from driving for 12 months. He was also ordered to pay a £60 fine.
  • Olukayode Johnson, 49, unemployed, of Oldbrook, Milton Keynes, was arrested on the A27 at Chichester on 13 December, and charged with failing to provide a specimen of breath and driving without insurance.
    At Worthing Magistrates’ Court on 14 May, he was sentenced to 12 weeks’ imprisonment, suspended for 12 months, and disqualified from driving for 24 months. He was also ordered to carry out 40 hours of unpaid work, and pay £100 costs and a £115 victim surcharge.
  • Lloyd Harper, 29, unemployed, of Bayford Road, Littlehampton, was arrested in Arundel Road, Worthing, on 14 December and charged with driving with 7mcg of cannabis per litre of blood in his system.
    At Crawley Magistrates’ Court on 17 June, he was disqualified from driving for 12 months. He was also ordered to pay a £200 fine, £85 costs and a £30 victim surcharge.
  • Christopher Allen, 37, a civil service employee, of Midhurst Road, Eastbourne, was arrested in Southwater Road, St Leonards, on 14 December and charged with driving with 100mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in his system.
    At Hastings Magistrates’ Court on 18 June, he was disqualified from driving for 25 months and sentenced to a 12-month community order, requiring him to carry out 110 hours of unpaid work. He was also ordered to pay £600 costs and a £85 victim surcharge.
  • Levi Danbury, 19, a student, of Firle Road, Seaford, was arrested in Claremont Road, Seaford, on 19 December, and charged with driving with 4.1mcg of cannabis per litre of blood in his system, failing to stop for police, possession of cannabis and driving without a valid licence, insurance or MOT.
    At Brighton Magistrates’ Court on 30 May, he was disqualified from driving for 18 months. He was also ordered to pay a £200 fine and £85 costs.
  • Lawrence Alexander, 28, a cleaner, of Sheridan Terrace, Hove, was arrested in Applesham Avenue, Hove, on 22 December, and charged with driving with 52mcg of benzoylecgonine per litre of blood in his system and possession of cannabis.
    At Brighton Magistrates’ Court on 13 June, he was disqualified from driving for 12 months. He was also ordered to pay a £200 fine, £85 costs and a £30 victim surcharge.
  • Kieran Sharp, 24, a builders’ agent, of College Road, Southwater, was arrested in Worthing Road, Horsham, on 22 December and charged with driving with 9mcg of cannabis per litre of blood in his system.
    At Crawley Magistrates’ Court on 7 June, he was disqualified from driving for 12 months. He was also ordered to pay a £323 fine, £85 costs and a £32 victim surcharge.
  • Nicholas Welch, 54, a taxi driver, of Arundel Road, Littlehampton, was arrested in East Street, Littlehampton, on 23 December, and charged with driving with 520mcg of benzoylecgonine per litre of blood in his system, possession of cocaine, driving without insurance and plying for hire when the carriage was not licensed.
    At Worthing Magistrates’ Court on 31 May, he was sentenced to a two-year conditional discharge and disqualified from driving for 30 months. He was also ordered to pay £85 costs and a £20 victim surcharge.
  • Lee Galton, 39, unemployed, of Northborough Road, London, was arrested in Goring Road, Worthing, on 24 December, and charged with driving with 214mcg of MDMA per litre of blood in his system. The legal limit is 10mcg. He was also charged with possession of cannabis.
    At Worthing Magistrates’ Court on 7 June, he was disqualified from driving for 12 months. He was also ordered to pay a £120 fine, £85 costs and a £30 victim surcharge.
  • Armani Genus-Williams, 25, a trainer, of Wren Mews, London, was arrested in Golden Jubilee Way, Eastbourne, on 24 December and charged with driving with 6.6mcg of cannabis per litre of blood in his system.
    At Hastings Magistrates’ Court on 29 May, he was disqualified from driving for 12 months. He was also ordered to pay a £80 fine, £85 costs and a £30 victim surcharge.
  • Alan Louange, 29, a carpet fitter, of Duke Street, St Leonards, was arrested in The Ridge West, St Leonards, on 25 December, and charged with driving with 4.2mcg of cannabis per litre of blood in his system, driving with no insurance and driving without a valid test certificate.
    At Hastings Magistrates’ Court on 19 June, he was disqualified from driving for 12 months. He was also ordered to pay a £300 fine, £85 costs and a £30 victim surcharge.
  • Samuel Thomas, 26, a window fitter, of Sunninghill Avenue, Hove, was arrested in Court Farm Road, Hove, on 28 December and charged with driving with 6mcg of cannabis per litre of blood in his system.
    At Brighton Magistrates’ Court on 13 June, he was disqualified from driving for 12 months. He was also ordered to pay a £440 fine, £85 costs and a £44 victim surcharge.
  • Adam Hadwen, 29, a chef, of Juniper Road, Waterlooville, Hampshire, was arrested on the A27 at Chichester on 28 December, and charged with driving with 2.9mcg of cannabis and 265mcg of benzoylecgonine per litre of blood in his system.
    At Worthing Magistrates’ Court on 21 June, he was disqualified from driving for 16 months. He was also ordered to pay a £612 fine, £85 costs and a £61 victim surcharge.
  • Paul Cherry, 27, a builder, of Chandler Road, Bexhill, was arrested in The Ridge West, St Leonards, on 31 December, and charged with driving with 6mcg of cannabis and 56mcg benzoylecgonine per litre of blood in his system.
    At Hastings Magistrates’ Court on 5 June, he was disqualified from driving for 12 months. He was also ordered to pay a £450 fine, £85 costs and a £45 victim surcharge.

Details of people convicted as part of the campaign will be published on our website.

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.

Author: Sam Satchell
Ref: SXP54949/2019

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