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Jail for drink-driver arrested during summer crackdown

News   •   Jul 12, 2019 16:09 BST

A man caught drink-driving for the second time this year has been jailed.

John Lyon was disqualified after he crashed into another vehicle while almost five times the legal limit in Littlehampton Road, Worthing, on 27 February. Specifically, he had 169mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in his system – the legal limit being 35mcg.

In court he was also given an 18-week suspended sentence and issued with an electronic monitoring tag.

However, he showed a blatant disregard for the law and the judicial system when he was stopped again on the A24 at Dial Post on 25 June – just two days into Surrey Police and Sussex Police’s summer crackdown on drink and drug-drivers.

At 6.55am that day, Roads Policing Unit officers pursued Lyon’s Vauxhall Vivaro on the northbound carriageway after it was reported by a member of the public due to the manner of driving.

He failed a roadside breath test, and was subsequently arrested and charged with driving with 89mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in his system, driving while disqualified, driving with no insurance and committing a further offence while subject to a suspended sentence order.

Lyon, 53, a bricklayer, of Leeward Road, Worthing, was remanded in custody and at Brighton Magistrates’ Court the following day (26 June), he was sentenced to a total of 24 weeks in jail.

He was also disqualified from driving for five years from the date of his release, and ordered to pay £85 costs and a £115 victim surcharge.

Surrey Police and Sussex Police’s dedicated summer campaign ran from 24 June to 7 July. However, officers will still respond to reports of drink and drug-drivers 365 days a year.

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.