Hove drink driver given suspended prison sentence

Posted On 21 Sep 2018 at 12:16 pm

An engineer from Hove has been given a suspended prison sentence for drink driving after being caught having had four times as much alcohol to drink as the law allows.

William Stuart, 52, of Chartfield, Hove, was arrested in Olliver Acre, Wick, Littlehampton, on Tuesday 10 July.

He was found to have been driving with 141 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35 micrograms.

Stuart was sentenced to 12 weeks in prison, suspended for a year, by Worthing magistrates.

He was banned from driving for 34 months, given an eight-week curfew and required to wear an electronic tag during the eight-week curfew period.

Stuart was also told to carry out 160 hours of unpaid work over the next 12 months and ordered to pay £85 costs and a £115 victim surcharge.

Brighton University lecturer Jane Challenger-Gillitt, 53, of Roundhill Crescent, Brighton, was also given a suspended prison sentence after being arrested on suspicion of drink driving.

She was arrested in Upper Gardner Street, Brighton, on Saturday 23 June and charged with failing to provide a specimen of breath and assaulting a police officer.

At Brighton Magistrates’ Court she was sentenced to 20 weeks in prison, suspended for 12 months, and banned from driving for 32 months.

She was also ordered to pay a £50 fine, £50 compensation and a £115 victim surcharge.

The pair were among 163 drivers who were arrested by Sussex Police during the annual summer crackdown on drink and drug drivers in June and July.

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