Drink driver flees barefoot across freezing fields after crash

Posted On 05 Jan 2018 at 10:28 am

A drink-driver crashed into a car and fled the scene across fields in freezing temperatures in Brighton.

Henry McKeever was later located at the BP petrol station in Mill Road covered in mud, cuts and grazes.

He had made his way across country without any shoes, and had a large tear in his jeans, which were soaking wet.

The 26-year-old, who is unemployed and of no fixed address, had earlier driven a black Volkswagen Golf northbound on the A23 at Pyecombe, close to the junction with the A273, where it collided with the rear of a black Alfa Romeo 159.

The incident occurred on 9 December shortly after 2am, and McKeever was arrested at the garage at about 2.45am. He was just about to leave in a taxi when he was stopped by police and taken into custody.

At Brighton Magistrates’ Court on 28 December, he was disqualified from driving for 23 months and sentenced to a 12 month community order. He was also ordered carry out 120 hours of unpaid work and pay £85 costs.

McKeever is among 46 people so far convicted as part of Surrey and Sussex Police’s Christmas crackdown on drink and drug-drivers.

A total of 195 arrests were made during the campaign, which ran from 1 December to 1 January.

Amy Bourne, 29, a care assistant, of The Spinneys, Lewes, was arrested in Falmer Road, Brighton, on 2 December and charged with driving with 80mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in her system.

At Brighton Magistrates’ Court on 21 December, she was disqualified from driving for 20 months. She was also ordered to pay a £200 fine, £85 costs and a £30 victim surcharge.

Ramona Tutulea-Ciobanu, 30, a cleaner, of Farncombe Road, Worthing, was arrested in Marine Drive, Brighton, on 9 December and charged with driving with 54mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in her system.

At Brighton Magistrates’ Court on 28 December, she was disqualified from driving for 12 months. She was also ordered to pay a £186 fine, £85 costs and a £30 victim surcharge.

Raymond O’Neill, 59, a postal employee, of Wish Road, Hove, was arrested in Wish Road, Hove, on 12 December and charged with driving with 73mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in his system.

At Brighton Magistrates’ Court on 28 December, he was disqualified from driving for 18 months. He was also ordered to pay a £350 fine, £85 costs and a £35 victim surcharge.

  1. Fishwife, 49 Reply

    As the wet socks in the photograph demonstrate, “barefoot” and “shoeless” are not synonymous.

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