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School run drink-driver told police: “I just like a drink when it’s sunny”

News   •   Aug 21, 2019 11:58 BST

A woman who went to collect her children from school after drink-driving told police: “I just like a drink when it’s sunny; I only had one”.

Katherine Fowler, 36, a housekeeper, of Nickles Close, Bexhill, was arrested in the town after she failed a roadside breath test on the afternoon of Thursday 4 July.

She was subsequently charged with driving with 55mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in her system. The legal limit is 35mcg.

At Hastings Magistrates’ Court on 24 July she was disqualified from driving for 36 months. She was also ordered to pay a £415 fine, £85 costs and a £41 victim surcharge.

It is the second time that she has been convicted of drink-driving, having committed the same offence in June 2017.

Fowler was among 83 people arrested as part of Surrey Police and Sussex Police’s summer crackdown on drink and drug-drivers, which ran from 24 June to 7 July.

Of these, 29 have so far been convicted in court; the remaining have either been charged, released under investigation or released without charge.

Here are the other latest convictions:

  • Terry Skinner, 29, a cleaner, of Storrington Close, Hove, was arrested in Storrington Close, Hove, on 24 June and charged with driving with 95mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in his system.

    At Brighton Magistrates’ Court on 8 August, he was disqualified from driving for 12 months. He was also ordered to pay a £360 fine, £85 costs and a £36 victim surcharge.

  • Martin Luckhurst, 35, a plasterer, of Melrose Close, Hailsham, was arrested in Diplocks Way, Hailsham, on 26 June and charged with driving with 75mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in his system.

    At Hastings Magistrates’ Court on 17 July, he was disqualified from driving for 20 months. He was also ordered to pay a £370 fine, £85 costs and a £37 victim surcharge.

  • Ceris Hughes, 44, a residential care worker, of Upminster, Havering, was arrested in New Road, Littlehampton, on 26 June and charged with driving with 113mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in her system.

    At Worthing Magistrates’ Court on 30 July, she was disqualified from driving for 24 months. She was also ordered to pay a £380 fine, £85 costs and a £85 victim surcharge.

  • Tara Lia, 33, a hairdresser, of Ashford Road, Hastings, was arrested in Ashford Road, Hastings, on 27 June and charged with driving with 85mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in her system.

    At Hastings Magistrates’ Court on 17 July, she was disqualified from driving for 20 months. She was also ordered to pay a £183 fine, £85 costs and a £30 victim surcharge.

  • Oliver Hopkins, 19, a sales representative, of Eagle Road, Rye, was arrested in Pett Level Road, Hastings, on 28 June and charged with driving with 57mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in his system.

    At Hastings Magistrates’ Court on 17 July, he was disqualified from driving for 15 months. He was also ordered to pay a £250 fine, £85 costs and a £30 victim surcharge.

  • Amy Shadbolt, 27, a veterinary nurse, of Cross Way, Lewes, was arrested in Cross Way, Lewes, on 29 June and charged with driving with failing to provide a specimen of breath when suspected of having driven a vehicle.

    At Brighton Magistrates’ Court on 18 July, she was disqualified from driving for 18 months. She was also ordered to pay a £500 fine, £85 costs and a £50 victim surcharge.

  • Tara Baker, 28, a kitchen worker, of Langley Close, Bexhill, was arrested in Watermill Lane, Bexhill, on 29 June and charged with driving with 98mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in her system.

    At Hastings Magistrates’ Court on 17 July, she was disqualified from driving for 24 months and given a 12-month community order requiring her to carry out 120 hours of unpaid work. She was also ordered to pay £85 costs and a £90 victim surcharge.

  • John Walsh, 38, a maintenance employee, of Dewe Road, Brighton, was arrested in The Avenue, Brighton, on 30 June and charged with driving with 53mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in his system.

    At Brighton Magistrates’ Court on 18 July, he was disqualified from driving for 15 months. He was also ordered to pay a £329 fine, £85 costs and a £32 victim surcharge.

  • Scott King, 30, a demolition worker, of Snodland, Kent, was arrested in Rye Harbour Road, Rye, on 4 July, and charged with driving with 53mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in his system, driving with no licence and driving with no insurance.

    At Hastings Magistrates’ Court on 24 July, he was disqualified from driving for 38 months. He was also ordered to pay a £450 fine, £85 costs and a £45 victim surcharge.

  • Kenny Morris, 41, unemployed, of Winifred Ratcliffe Place, Hurstpierpoint, was arrested in Winifred Ratcliffe Place, Hurstpierpoint, on 4 July and charged with failing to provide a specimen of breath when suspected of having driven a vehicle.

    At Crawley Magistrates’ Court on 18 July, he was disqualified from driving for 24 months and given a 12-week community order. He was also ordered to pay £85 costs and a £85 victim surcharge.

  • Michael Hall, 39, unemployed, of Winston Crescent, Eastbourne, was arrested in Batts Bridge Road, Uckfield, on 5 July and charged with driving with 105mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in his system.

    At Hastings Magistrates’ Court on 24 July, he was disqualified from driving for 36 months. He was also ordered to pay a £118 fine, £85 costs and a £90 victim surcharge.

  • Glenn Cobby, 36, a driver, of Abbots Ways, Lancing, was arrested in High Street, Shoreham, on 6 July and charged with driving with 85mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in his system.

    At Worthing Magistrates’ Court on 23 July, he was disqualified from driving for 20 months. He was also ordered to pay a £323 fine, £85 costs and a £32 victim surcharge.

  • Lisa Gaffon, 29, unemployed, of Collyer Avenue, Bognor Regis, was arrested in Collyer Avenue, Bognor Regis, on 7 July and charged with driving with 53mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in her system.

    At Worthing Magistrates’ Court on 23 July, she was disqualified from driving for 12 months and given a 4-week community order. She was also ordered to pay £85 costs.

  • Christopher Surridge, 57, an undertaker, of Wilberforce Close, Crawley, was arrested in Tollgate Hill, Crawley, on 7 July and charged with driving with 55mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in his system.

    At Crawley Magistrates’ Court on 22 July, he was disqualified from driving for 14 months. He was also ordered to pay a £346 fine, £85 costs and a £34 victim surcharge.

  • Benjamin Humphries, 31, a groundsman, of Maybridge Crescent, Goring, was arrested at Goodwood on 7 July and charged with driving with 46mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in his system and taking a vehicle without consent.

    At Worthing Magistrates’ Court on 23 July, he was disqualified from driving for 12 months. He was also ordered to pay a £422 fine, £85 costs, £50 compensation and a £32 victim surcharge.

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: SXP55257/2019