Hove van driver banned after second drink driving conviction

Posted On 07 Jan 2015 at 1:31 pm

A van driver from Hove has been banned from the roads after being convicted of drink driving for a second time.

Luke Appleton, 26, of Tisbury Road, Hove, was caught by Sussex Police at about 10pm on Saturday 20 December in Storrington during the annual drink driving crackdown.

Appleton, who was stopped while driving without a seatbelt, admitted drink driving when he appeared at Crawley Magistrates’ Court.

He also pleaded guilty to driving without without insurance, driving without a licence and driving a vehicle without an MoT test certificate.

Appleton had a previous conviction for drink driving from 2010.

On Friday (2 January) he was banned for three years, fined £700, ordered to pay £85 costs and a £20 victim surcharge.

Chief Inspector Phil Nicholas said: “Appleton had already served a driving ban but that was not enough to convince him not to get behind the wheel after drinking.

“He will now have three years off the roads to consider how his selfish behaviour put not only his safety but also that of other road users at risk.

“We will not tolerate drink driving and will continue to look for and arrest anyone making Sussex’s roads more dangerous.”

Sussex Police said: “A total of 19 people have so far been convicted of offences after being arrested in the December operation.”

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