Hastings motorist banned for drink driving

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A motorist has been banned from the roads for a second time after he was found to be more than twice over the legal drink drive limit.

Branislav Balaz, 46, was arrested at 10.10pm on June 5 after he was found sitting in his Peugeot 307 on the A259 near Pevensey with the hazard lights on.

He was found to have 77 microgrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of his breath - more than twice the 35 microgrammes legal limit.

He had already served a 12-month drink-driving ban after he was caught in a police drink drive crackdown in June 2012.

Balaz, of St Helen’s Park Road, Hastings, pleaded guilty to drink-driving when he appeared at Hastings Magistrates’ Court on June 24.

He was banned from driving for 36 months, fined £110 and ordered to pay £235 costs and a £20 victim surcharge.

Balaz is the latest motorist to be convicted as part of Operation Dragonfly, Sussex Police’s crackdown on motorists who drive while under the influence of drink or drugs.

A number of other people have been convicted of motoring offences, as part of the county-wide operation.

These include David Nimmo, who hurled abuse at officers who tried to breathalyse him.

Nimmo was arrested shortly after 3am on Monday, June 1, after officers found him sitting in his car in Upper Bognor Road, Bognor, with the keys in the ignition.

The 27-year-old man smelled of alcohol so officers took him into custody to test if he had been drinking.

Footage recorded inside the custody suite (see above) shows how Nimmo became deliberately obstructive, aggressive and refused to answer questions or to allow himself to be breathalysed.

He boasted that if he was charged the case would be laughed out of court.

However Nimmo, of Speak Close, Luton, pleaded guilty to failing to provide a specimen for analysis when he appeared at Worthing Magistrates’ Court on 18 June.

He was given 10 points on his licence, fined £320 and ordered to pay £235 costs and a £32 victim surcharge.

Nimmo was the first person to be arrested as part of Operation Dragonfly, with a total of 14 people so far convicted of offences as part of the campaign.

Chief Inspector Phil Nicholas, of Sussex and Surrey roads policing unit, said: “The footage of Nimmo shows the aggressive and obstructive behaviour that officers often have to put up with from offenders.

“Nimmo seemed to think that he knew the law better than the officers and appeared to try to provoke a response by goading them but their professionalism meant that they were able to remain calm and in control of the situation.

“If you refuse to give us a sample of breath for analysis you are committing a criminal offence and you should expect to be charged - whether you think you should or not.”

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.

Alternatively, 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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