Driver charged after Chichester marina crash

Operation Dragonfly is focused on drink and drug-driving
Operation Dragonfly is focused on drink and drug-driving

AN ALLEGED drink driver is set to appear in court after a car crashed through a fence at Chichester Marina.

Sussex Police has charged a Surrey man after the incident on Sunday (December 28).

“Richard Pooles, 59, was arrested at 7.35pm on December 28 at Chichester Marina after his car crashed through a fence and into a field,” said a police spokesman.

“Pooles, of Lauderdale Drive, Richmond, Surrey, was charged with drink-driving and released on bail to appear at Crawley Magistrates’ Court on January 8.”

The same day, Chichester Police also arrested a Lavant driver on suspicion of drink driving.

Russell Mitchell, 23, was arrested at 7.10pm on after a crash in Oving Road, Chichester.

Mitchell, of St Nicholas Road, was charged with drink-driving and driving without insurance. He was released on bail to appear at Crawley Magistrates’ Court on January 8.

A total of 106 motorists have so far been charged with offences after they were arrested this month in Sussex’s drink and drug-driving crackdown.

For the first time, the December campaign is being run jointly by Sussex Police and Surrey Police alongside Sussex Safer Roads Partnership, Drive Smart in Surrey and the independent charity Crimestoppers.

A spokesman for the police said: “As part of Operation Dragonfly – Sussex Police’s year-round strategy to remove drink and drug-drivers from the streets – roads policing unit officers are on dedicated patrols looking for offenders.

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

“The names of those charged are being proactively published.”

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.