Ban for driver who was three times over the legal limit

A MOTORIST has been banned for two years and given an overnight curfew after crashing into a taxi at more than three times the drink drive limit.

Philip Edmunds, 53, of Chiltern Drive, admitted he had been drinking when police officers arrested him on December 7.

Hastings Magistrates heard on May 7 how Edmunds was arrested after being found staggering along the pavement in Mount Pleasant Road.

After spending several hours in a pub drinking he had decided to drive home but crashed into a taxi on the way.

Edmunds, who also had a small amount of cannabis with him, admitted he had been drinking when officers stopped him.

When tested at a police station, he had 251 milligrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood. The legal limit is 80 milligrammes.

Edmunds pleading guilty to drink-driving, driving without insurance and possession of cannabis.

Magistrates disqualified him from driving for 25 months and made him the subject of a three month overnight curfew.

He was fined £50 and ordered to pay £85 costs and a £60 victim surcharge.

Edmunds was one of six more drivers convicted after being arrested as part of Sussex Police’s Christmas crackdown on drink and drug driving, bringing the total number punished so far to 114.

Superintendent Jane Derrick said: “Edmunds was in no fit state to be on the roads and could barely walk when he was arrested.

“It is horrifying that some drivers will still get into their vehicles despite knowing they pose a danger both to themselves and to everyone else.

“Edmunds admitted he had been wrong to drink and drive but saying sorry after the event is too late - drinking and driving costs lives and is unacceptable at any time.”