Drink-driving care assistant detained by off-duty police officer

Drink Drive

An off-duty police officer detained a care assistant caught driving while more than three times the legal alcohol limit.

Simon Lau was witnessed driving a red Renault Clio erratically on the A259  on 29 December.

He was followed at a safe distance by the officer, who then saw him mount a kerb, causing a tyre to burst, before coming to a stop in nearby Mulberry Lane.
When asked if he had consumed any alcohol, Lau replied “no”. However, after failing a roadside breath test, he was found to be more than three times the drink-drive limit. He also had no insurance.

The 41-year-old, of Squadron Drive, Durrington, was subsequently charged with driving with 106mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in his system and driving with no insurance. The legal limit is 35mcg.

A total of 240 arrests were made in Sussex. Of these, 82 have since been convicted. The remaining have either been charged, released under investigation or released without charge.

Among the 240 arrested was:

Jack McInnes, 23, a bricklayer, of Hop Garden, Uckfield, was arrested on the Maresfield bypass on 30 December and charged with driving with 89mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in his system.
At Brighton Magistrates’ Court on 17 January, he was disqualified from driving for 22 months. He was also ordered to pay a £450 fine, £85 costs and a £45 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.