Driving ban for St Leonards man

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A St Leonards man has been handed a lengthy driving ban after being convicted as part of Sussex Police’s summer crackdown on drink and drug-driving.

Vilis Fedorenko was arrested at 1.15am on June 28 after officers found him sitting in his Vauxhall Zafira in the middle of Stonehouse Drive with the engine running.

The 47-year-old refused to allow officers to breathalyse him and he was arrested.

Hastings Magistrates’ Court heard how Fedorenko had already been given a 12-month driving ban in 2010 and a three-year ban in 2011 for failing to provide a specimen of breath for analysis.

Fedorenko, of Stockleigh Road, St Leonards, pleaded guilty to failing to provide a specimen for analysis when he appeared at Hastings Magistrates’ Court on July 29.

He was banned from driving for four years, made the subject of a 12-month community order, fined £260 and ordered to pay £235 costs and a £60 victim surcharge.

A total of 98 people have so far been convicted of offences as part of Sussex Police’s summer 2015 Operation Dragonfly drink and drug-driving 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.

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