Hastings drink-driver jailed

Reega Rasul
Reega Rasul

A drink-driver trying to escape from police threw away his keys to try to dodge justice.

Reega Rasul was seen leaving a bar and getting into his Audi A4 in Hastings, speeding off away from police on the A259 and into Havelock Road.

Seeing the police, the 27-year-old abandoned his car and ran off on foot pursued by officers at about 2am on 28 December 2013.

He threw away his car keys in Cornwallis Street and then tried to hide in a kebab shop in Havelock Road.

Rasul threw his house keys into a bin in the takeaway and ran to the back where he was standing among customers when officers found him.

CCTV footage shows parts of the pursuit by police.

It begins with footage recorded inside a taxi of Rasul’s Audi speeding past the cab followed by police patrol cars. Rasul is then seen going to the back of a kebab shop and throwing his keys into the bin before officers go in and arrest him.

Rasul, of Queens Road, was convicted of drink-driving and dangerous driving when he appeared at Lewes Crown Court on June 5.

He was jailed for nine months, banned from driving for three years and ordered to pay a £100 victim surcharge.

Inspector Stewart Goodwin, of Sussex and Surrey roads policing unit, said: “Rasul tried his best to escape from the officers but they had watched him closely and were able to follow him into the kebab shop.

“He had been driving at speed in an area that was busy with pedestrians who had been drinking and would have put them in danger even if he had not been over the limit himself.

“As it was Rasul had 77 microgrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of his breath - more than twice the drink-drive legal limit.

“He was in no way fit to drive and should never have got behind the wheel. The sentence shows how seriously the court took it.”

Rasul is the final case to be dealt with as part of Sussex Police’s Christmas 2013 crackdown on drink and drug-drivers.

A total of 140 motorists have been convicted of offences in the campaign.

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