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Woman faked panic attacks to avoid road ban

A Kent woman who faked panic attacks to stop police testing her for drink-driving has been given a driving ban of 20 months.

Laura Leslie repeatedly claimed she needed medical help and refused to answer questions after being arrested in Brighton.

The 49-year-old from Hythe was spotted driving in Brighton at 6.15am on the 12th October without her lights on.

Witnesses saw the car veering across the road, mounting the verb and almost hitting a pole before officers intercepted.

When questioned, Leslie claimed to be having a panic attack so an ambulance was called and she was taken to Royal Sussex County Hospital.

She was charged with failing to provide a specimen for analysis, banned from driving for 20 months and made to pay £310.

Leslie tried everything to get off the hook including forcing us to waste the time of doctors and nurses as we tried to test her for drink-driving. She even pleaded not guilty in court so wasted both our and her time trying to fight a charge that she knew she was guilty of. Now she's got not only a ban from driving but also a big legal bill to pay."

– PC Laura Stanley

Drivers due in court following drink drive crackdown

Another seven motorists are to appear in court after being charged with offences as part of Sussex Police's Christmas drink-drive crackdown.

Each of the defendants was arrested in December and questioned but was charged with driving offences after answering their bail.

A total of 145 people have now been charged with offences as part of the December campaign. 7 drivers are still on bail.

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More drivers breath tested in Kent over Christmas

Kent Police says more drivers were breath tested during their latest Christmas anti drink and drug driving campaign but fewer failed them compared to the year before.

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More drivers have been stopped for breath testing in Kent Credit: ITV Meridian

334 motorists were tested in December and 156 were over the limit. That compares to Christmas 2012 when 277 drivers were tested and 178 failed.

Unusual arrest at the end of drink drive campaign...!

The end of the annual Christmas drink and drug impaired driving campaign saw nearly 300 people arrested.

Thames Valley Police arrested 281 people on suspicion of drink driving.

The results also showed that there has been a 6% increase in men being arrested compared with the same period last year.

But the end of the year saw a rather unusual arrest.

Han Gi Cheong, aged 60, from Korea, was arrested after officers boarded a vessel berthed at Southampton Docks on the evening of December 27, 2013.

Mr Cheong is the captain of a 68,000 tonnes cargo vessel which had berthed at the docks that evening on arrival from Antwerp.

He was charged with failing to provide a preliminary breath test when required to do so.

Hampshire drink-driving figures

Hampshire Police are warning the public not to take the risk of drink driving as the new year approaches.

So far, 194 people have been arrested on suspicion of drink-driving this December.

167 are these are men and 29 are women.

Police have arrested 194 people on suspicion of drink-driving this month Credit: PA Wire

The oldest is 82 and the youngest is 17.

Southampton - 35

Portsmouth - 26

East Hants and Winchester - 23

Fareham and Gosport - 20

Hart and Rushmoor - 17

Havant - 14

Andover - 14

Basingstoke and Deane - 13

Eastleigh and Romsey - 12

Isle of Wight - 12

New Forest - 9

Other - 1

48 charged after drink drive campaign

48 people have been charged with drink and drive-related offences during Dorset Police's annual campaign.

This year anyone charged with a drink or drug driving-related offence during the campaign will have their name and court appearance details released to the media.

Dorset Police is reminding motorists there will be increased patrols and road side checks throughout the Christmas and New Year period.

It’s really disappointing that so many people continue to not only put their own lives at risk, but also the lives of other innocent road users.I have seen far too many lives lost on the roads due to drink driving. Research has shown that even one drink can impair the ability to drive so please don’t get behind the wheel after drinking any alcohol at all.Inspector Butler is also urging people to plan ahead over New Year and take simple steps such as booking a taxi, having a designated driver or arranging overnight accommodation."

– Inspector Matt Butler, of Dorset Police’s Traffic Unit

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Drink driver jailed for killing cyclist

Drink driver jailed Credit: Sussex Police

A drink-driver who knocked down and killed a cyclist has been jailed for six years. Samuel Kirk, 26, crossed double white lines to overtake a car on the A29 at Codmore Hill near Pulborough and hit Jennifer Hossack who was on the other side of the road.

Miss Hossack, 27, from Kingsfold, died of her injuries. Kirk, of no fixed address, was already disqualified from driving and had been drinking when he got behind the wheel and struck Miss Hossack.

He appeared at Lewes Crown Court where he was convicted of causing death by dangerous driving and was jailed for six years.

Figures show increase in drink drivers being caught

There is an increase in the number of drink drivers being caught in Hampshire.

Latest figures show an increase of 21% in the numbers of people being arrested for drink or drug driving.

75 people have been charged so far which is an increase of 39% at the same time last year.

It is disappointing that people still are not getting the message about drink driving. It is astounding that people are still taking the risk. We are putting more resources than ever before into this campaign-if you choose to drink or drug drive, we will catch you, you will go to court and you will lose your licence.

– Inspector Andy Storey, Hampshire Police

Drink driver sends thank you note to police

Police got a surprise in the mail - a thank you note from a motorist they had arrested and charged with drink-driving.

The woman motorist took the unusual step of thanking Surrey Police's traffic officers who pulled her over after a drinking session.

The motorist, aged in her late 20s, was caught behind the wheel whilst over the drink-drive limit in Tadworth.

She was arrested on December 1 and taken to a police station where she was later charged.

Today the woman penned her thanks to the officers for their caring manner after arresting her.

She said: "I was scared but they looked after me and were really caring."

Inspector Richard Mallett, from the force's Road Policing Unit, said: "It's not every day Surrey Police gets a thank you message from someone arrested for drink-driving."

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