Suspended sentence for drunk driver who hit sheltered housing

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A motorist who was so drunk she crashed into two cars before reversing into a building has been given a four month suspended sentence.

Fortunately no one was hurt after Sue Dean crashed her silver Daihatsu Sirion into sheltered accommodation at the junction of Baldslow Road and Sherwood Close on June 11.

But the 52-year-old was given a suspended prison sentence and a lengthy driving ban when she appeared in court this week.

Inebriated Dean had first driven into an off-duty police officer’s car in nearby Elphinstone Road at around 11.30am. The officer shouted at her to stop but instead she drove off.

Dean turned into Baldslow Road, hit a parked car and then reversed at such speed that when she hit a road sign at the junction with Sherwood Close her Daihatsu lifted off the ground and smashed into the window of a block of sheletered accommodation.

When police breathalysed her she had 150 microgrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath - more than four times the 35 microgrammes legal limit.

Dean, of Hurrell Road, Hastings, pleaded guilty to drink-driving and failing to stop after an accident when she appeared at Hastings Magistrates’ Court on 1 July.

She was banned from driving for three years and given a 16-week suspended prison sentence. She was also ordered to do 300 hours of community service and to pay £235 costs and an £80 victim surcharge.

Chief Inspector Phil Nicholas, of Sussex and Surrey roads policing unit, said: “It was very lucky that no one was hurt because of the driving of Dean.

“She must have known how utterly unfit to drive she was but still took the decision to put herself and everyone else on the roads in danger by getting behind the wheel.

“She could have easily caused a serious crash or knocked down a pedestrian as she clearly had no control of her vehicle.

“We need the community’s help to get people who think the drink-drive laws do not apply to them off the roads and I would urge anyone who sees someone who appears unfit to drive to contact us so we can take action.”

A total of 19 people have so far been convicted of offences as part of Sussex Police’s summer drink-drive campaign.

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.

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.

(Picture courtesy of Sussex Police).

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