Operation Dragonfly drink driving prosecutions

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Sussex Police have announced the latest round of prosecutions from Operation Dragonfly, the anti-drink and -drug driving campaign.

Joonas Kuokka, 26, a garden centre employee, of Coleman Street, Brighton, was arrested in Ditchling Bostal, Hassocks, on 9 June and charged with driving with 46mg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in his system.

He pleaded guilty at Hastings Magistrates’ Court on 29 June and was disqualified from driving for 12 months. He was also ordered to pay a £250 fine and £85 costs.

Debbie Mason, 23, a nanny, of Duncton Close, Haywards Heath, was arrested in Butlers Green Road, Haywards Heath, on 12 June and charged with driving with 61mg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in her system.

She pleaded guilty at Crawley Magistrates’ Court on 28 June and was disqualified from driving for 14 months. She was also ordered to pay a £500 fine, £85 costs and a £50 victim surcharge.

Stephen Budd, 62, a mechanic, of The Gables, Copthorne, was arrested in Copthorne Bank, Copthorne, on 14 June, and charged with driving with 105mg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in his system and failing to stop after a road traffic collision. He pleaded guilty at Crawley Magistrates’ Court on 30 June and was disqualified from driving for 28 months. He was also given a three-month curfew and ordered to pay £85 costs and a £85 victim surcharge.

A statement from Sussex Police said: “A total of 21 motorists have now been convicted since Operation Dragonfly, Surrey and Sussex Police’s summer crackdown on drink and drug-drivers, started on 10 June.

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

“You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 https://crimestoppers-uk.org/

“To keep up to date with officers looking for drink or drug drivers, follow #opdragonfly on Twitter.

“If you know someone is driving while over the limit or after taking drugs call 999.”