St Leonards man charged over drink-driving in Hastings

A man aged in his 50s from Banbury has died following a collison near Steeple Aston yesterday (Wednesday).
A man aged in his 50s from Banbury has died following a collison near Steeple Aston yesterday (Wednesday).

A man from St Leonards has been charged over drink-driving in Hastings on Christmas Eve (Thursday, December 24).

Jimi Rushbrook, of Old Harrow Road, St Leonards, was arrested in South Terrace, Hastings, and charged with driving with 104mg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in his system.

The 29-year-old engineer is due to appear before Hastings Magistrates’ Court on January 7.

A further 32 people have been arrested on suspicion of drink and drug-driving related offences in Sussex since the evening of December 23.

This brings the number of arrests since the campaign launched on December 1, to 174.

Chief Inspector Andy Gooch said: “The volume of arrests we have made in Sussex this month demonstrates the blatant disregard a lot of people have for the law.

“At a time when most people are celebrating and spending time with their loved ones, it is disappointing to see that a number of motorists continue to ignore our safety advice.

“Officers will be out on patrol again in the days leading up to and beyond the New Year, and anyone caught driving while under the influence of drink or drugs will be dealt with accordingly.”

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 555 111 or visit www.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.

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