Chichester driver sentenced after Thursdays crash

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A DRUNKEN driver has been banned after crashing his car in the Thursdays’ nightclub car park, in Drayton.

Jonathan Medway, 29, of Cambrai Avenue, Chichester, admitted drink-driving when he appeared in court yesterday (December 30).

He was banned from the roads for 20 months, fined £230 and ordered to pay £85 costs and a £23 victim surcharge.

A Sussex Police spokesman said Medway was more than twice the drink-drive limit when he was arrested at 2.45am on December 14 in Drayton Lane.

“Medway had left the club and got into his car but after crashing it into a raised kerb he fled on foot but was arrested later,” he said.

A number of other drivers have been sentenced for drink driving this month, including Bradley Johnson, 24, of Churcher Road, Emsworth.

Johnson was arrested after driving his Vauxhall van off the B2133, in Chichester, crossed a grassy area and crashing into two parked cars just after midnight on December 14. He was twice the drink-drive limit.

He admitted drink-driving in court on yesterday and was banned from the roads for 21 months, fined £300 and ordered to pay £85 costs and a £30 victim surcharge.

A total of ten people have so far been convicted of offences during this month’s drink and drug-driving campaign in Sussex.

Chief Inspector Phil Nicholas, from Sussex and Surrey roads policing unit, said: “Now they all have lengthy bans as well as the costs from their court cases and an inevitable rise in the price of their car insurance if they decide to drive again.”

He said drink driving was ‘totally unacceptable’, describing Johnson and Medway’s actions as ‘selfish’.

A total of 108 motorists have so far been charged with offences after they were arrested this month in Sussex’s drink and drug-driving crackdown.

Police teams will respond to tip-offs from members of the public who see someone they know has been drinking getting into a car to drive.

People in Sussex can text officers on 65999 with the details of people they suspect of drink or drug driving or visit www.operationcrackdown.co.uk.

Also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.