Police charge more drivers after Christmas drink-driving campaign

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EVEN more drivers have been charged with drink-driving over Christmas by Sussex Police.

Mark Acott, 49, a market gardener, of Reeds Farm, Oving, was arrested after a man was reported found slumped in the driver’s seat with the engine running and lights on in a car park in Queensway, Bognor Regis, in the early hours of Saturday, December 28.

He will appear at Worthing Magistrates’ Court on February 18.

Student Reece Backshall, 20, of Whitley Close, Emsworth, was stopped in Westhampnett Road, Chichester, on the same day, for not having an MOT. He was arrested for drink-related offences.

He will also appear in Worthing on February 18.

Aidas Streleckas, 31 and unemployed, of Linden Road, Bognor, was stopped in Linden Road in the early hours of Boxing Day.

He was charged with drink-related offences, no insurance and no licence.

He was remanded to appeared at Brighton Magistrates’ Court on December 27, where he pleaded guilty and was sentenced to a community order, 80 hours unpaid work and costs and was disqualified from driving for nearly four years.

Jaroslaw Pietrusa, 33, of Barton Road, Bognor, was arrested on December 28 after a car was reported crashed into a tree in Victoria Drive, Bognor.

He has been charged with drink-related offences as well as being in possession of a knife. He will appear Worthing Magistrates’ Court on February 18.

Aaron Gruber, a chef, aged 24, of Princess Avenue, Bognor, was arrested for drink-driving offences in Nyetimber Lane, Bognor, on December 29. He has been bailed to appear before Worthing magistrates on February 18.

In total, Sussex Police charged 25 motorists with drink-driving offences over the festive period.

Between Christmas Eve and December 29, 38 people were arrested across the county. Out of these, 25 were charged and seven bailed.

Sussex Police said the public could text officers on 65999 with details of people suspected of drink or drug driving, along with their car make and registration number.