Icklesham man was over limit


An Icklesham man has been banned from driving for three years and narrowly avoided being jailed after pleading guilty to drink driving.

Mathew Jerrey was arrested at 1.20am on 20 December after officers saw him driving erratically in Old London Road, Hastings.

When he was stopped Jerrey gave the wrong name, could not give an address and was unsteady on his feet.

The 39-year-old claimed he was driving his girlfriend home as she had been drinking - despite the fact that he was more than three times the drink-drive limit himself.

He had already served a previous ban for drink-driving imposed in 2000.

Jerrey, of Goldhurst Green, Icklesham, pleaded guilty to drink-driving and driving without insurance when he appeared at Hastings Magistrates’ Court on 11 February.

He was banned from driving for 36 months, given an eight-week suspended prison sentence, ordered to do 150 hours of community service and told to pay an £80 victim surcharge.

More than 100 drivers across the county have been prosecuted as part of Operation Dragonfly, the police crack-down on drink and drug driving.

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.

You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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