Uckfield builder among 240 arrested in Christmas crackdown on drink driving

A nurse, a builder and a waiter are among the latest people convicted as part of Surrey and Sussex Police’s Christmas crackdown on drink and drug-drivers.

A total of 240 arrests were made in Sussex during the campaign, which ran from 1 December 2018 to 1 January 2019.

Of these, 57 have so far been convicted. A further 36 have been charged to attend court, and the remaining have either been released under investigation pending further enquiries or released without charge.

Here are the latest offenders convicted in court:

Michelle Evans, 40, a nursery nurse, of Evelyn Avenue, Newhaven, was arrested on the A26 at Tarring Neville on 2 December and charged with driving with 79mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in her system.
At Hastings Magistrates’ Court on 2 January, she was disqualified from driving for 17 months. She was also ordered to pay a £350 fine, £85 costs and a £35 victim surcharge.
In police interview, Evans stated she shared two bottles of wine and a bottle of prosecco with five other people at a work Christmas meal in Lewes, but claimed she stopped drinking at midnight.
At 4am she left and “felt fine”, and believed that due to the time passed she would be safe to drive. Shortly afterwards, she crashed and overturned her car – an orange Chevrolet Matiz.

Philip Bultitude, 36, a builder, of Browns Lane, Uckfield, was arrested in St Johns Road, Crowborough, on 1 December and charged with driving with 148mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in his system.
At Hastings Magistrates’ Court on 2 January, he was sentenced to a 12-month community order, requiring him to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work, and disqualified from driving for 32 months. He was also ordered to pay £85 costs and a £85 victim surcharge.

Cameron Hutson, 19, a waiter, of High Street, Lewes, was arrested in Brooks Road, Lewes, on 11 December and charged with driving with 75mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in his system.
At Brighton Magistrates’ Court on 3 January, he was disqualified from driving for 20 months. He was also ordered to pay a £184 fine, £85 costs and a £30 victim surcharge.

Sussex Police said:

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.