Drink driver lied to police officers

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A drink driver tried to claim a lookalike had taken his car out in the early hours of the morning.

Sylvester Caulker lied to police that a friend who looked like him had gone out in his car after he was arrested on suspicion of drink-driving in St Leonards.

The 44-year-old’s Fiat Barchetta was reported as being driven erratically in London Road and when officers went to the scene they traced the vehicle to Caulker’s home in Magdalen Road, St Leonards.

Police found Caulker hiding behind a door in his home at 3.50am on December 24 last year. He was more than twice the drink-drive limit and had only an expired provisional licence.

In interview he denied having driven the car and said he had been drinking at home while a friend who looked like him had gone out in the vehicle. But he later contacted police to retract his story and admit that he had been the one behind the wheel.

Caulker, of Magdalen Road, St Leonards, pleaded guilty to drink-driving and driving without a licence when he appeared at Hastings Magistrates’ Court last Wednesday (March 18).

He was banned from driving for 20 months, fined £110 and ordered to pay £85 costs and a £20 victim surcharge.

Chief Inspector Phil Nicholas, of Surrey and Sussex roads policing unit, said: “Caulker tried to lie his way out of trouble but could not get away from being convicted. Caulker did not even have a licence to drive so should not have been on the road on his own in any circumstances, never mind when he was well over the limit.”