This is what happened when a drink-driver decided to drive home from his work Christmas party.
Ben Sindall was more than twice the legal limit when his Vauxhall Vivaro was discovered damaged close to Robin Hood Roundabout on the A24 at Horsham.
On arrival at the scene on the evening of Saturday 15 December, police discovered damage had been caused to the roundabout signs, leaving a large amount of oil and debris on the road.
Sindall identified himself as the driver and fully admitted to being in no fit state to drive. He said he intended to get a taxi home but stupidly chose to drive – and instead of going around the roundabout, he drove straight over it.
The 37-year-old carpet fitter, of Shelley Road, Horsham, was subsequently charged with driving with 91mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in his system. The legal limit is 35mcg.
At Crawley Magistrates’ Court on 3 January, he was disqualified from driving for 23 months and sentenced to a 12-month community order, requiring him to carry out 80 hours of unpaid work. He was also ordered to pay £85 costs and a £85 victim surcharge.
Sindall was convicted as part of Surrey and Sussex Police’s Christmas crackdown on drink and drug-drivers.
Details of people convicted as part of the campaign will be published on our website.
If you’re prepared to drive under the influence of drink or drugs, prepare to face the consequences. These could include the following:
- A minimum 12 month ban;
- An unlimited fine;
- A possible prison sentence;
- A criminal record, which could affect your current and future employment;
- An increase in your car insurance;
- Trouble travelling to countries such as the USA.
People in Sussex can text officers on 65999 with the details of people they suspect of drink or drug-driving, or visit the Operation Crackdown website.
You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or report it online.
If you know someone is driving while over the limit or after taking drugs, call 999.