Driver caught after pulling out in front of police patrol car

A FAIRLIGHT man has been charged with drink driving after his vehicle pulled out in front of a police patrol car.

Mark Hewett, 40, was arrested at 1.10am on Tuesday June 24 in Beacon Road, Hastings.

Hewett, of Farley Way, Fairlight, was charged with drink-driving and released on bail to appear at Hastings Magistrates’ Court on 13 August.

Police are continuing Operation Dragonfly - a summer drink-drive crack-down which has seen 79 drivers charged across the county this month.

Arrested motorists have spanned the age range and have been both male and female.

Following on from the Christmas drink drive campaign Sussex Police is continuing with its policy of naming arrested drivers.

Superintendent Jane Derrick, the head of the force’s roads policing unit, said: “A large proportion of those who we are arresting are being found behind the wheel in the early hours of the morning.

“If you think you can get away with drink-driving at 1am you should think again. Our officers are out on patrol looking for the slightest indication that you are unfit to be on the roads. You are not just putting your own life at risk, you are endangering everyone else using the roads.”

Chief Inspector Natalie Moloney said: “The summer puts a different type of offender on the roads than we catch at Christmas - the warm weather drinker.

“Whether drinking with family or friends at home or out at the beach, park or pubs don’t be tempted to drive and don’t forget that after a late night heavy session you will undoubtedly still be over the limit if you decide to drive in the morning.

You can text officers on 65999 with the details of people you suspect of drink or drug driving or visit to report them and give their details and information about their vehicle.