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Increase in Wiltshire drink driving figures

Police are disappointed with the figures Credit: ITV

Wiltshire Police made 68 arrests for suspected drink/drug driving offences between 1 December 2015 and 3 January 2016. This compares with 54 over the same period in 2014.

Sergeant Gavin Brewster, of the Wiltshire Road Safety Unit, said: “The number of positive results is significantly higher than last year, which saw a total of 54 positives or failing to provide a sample.”

Officers say they are disappointed that so many drivers have ignored their warnings.


Video: drink driver crashes car and leaves scene, narrowly missing pedestrians

An Aldershot woman who crashed her car into a pedestrian island in Guildford while twice the drink drive limit has been disqualified.

Holly Brown, 21, of Aspen Grove, appeared at Guildford Magistrates Court yesterday (December 22) and pleaded guilty to the charge of drink driving. She was proactively named as part of Op Dragonfly – Surrey Police’s crackdown on drink and drug driving offences in December.

CCTV footage shows that on 6 December at 2.22am she crashed into a traffic island in North Street at the junction with Chertsey Street.

The video shows how members of the public came to her aid while passengers get out of the car and leave the scene.

After getting out herself she gets back in and reverses away from the damaged railings and traffic light. She then drives into Chertsey Street, narrowly avoiding pedestrians in the road.

Officers then found the vehicle in a car park near to Woodbridge Road with Brown still in the driver’s seat with the keys in her hand.

She was arrested and later provided a positive breath reading of 72 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit being 35mg.

Brown was disqualified from driving for 20 months and fined £200. She was also ordered to pay a criminal courts charge of £150, victim surcharge of £20, and court costs of £87.


Drink driver jailed after ruining woman's life

Jack Balding has been jailed Credit: Dorser Police

A Dorset man has been jailed for 32 months for causing a crash which left a woman with life-changing injuries.

Jack Balding, 26, pleaded guilty to causing serious injury by dangerous driving while almost twice the drink driving limit.

Balding received a 32-month prison term for causing serious injury by dangerous driving and a four-month jail term for drink driving to run concurrently.

He was also disqualified from driving for four years and told that he would have to take an extended re-test before receiving his licence back.

The court heard that at 10.17pm on Sunday 22 February 2015, Balding was driving his Peugeot 206 along Wimborne Road in Poole. The car mounted the pavement and struck pedestrian Laura Watson before flipping over.

Laura, now aged 29 and from Poole, was thrown around 30 metres into some bushes.

She suffered a life-changing brain injury, including several skull fractures and bleeds on her brain, and had to undergo surgery. She is out of hospital and receiving treatment in a rehabilitation centre. Laura was also left with a broken left leg and ankle.

Laura's mum, Lisa, said: "Laura has the life sentence - not him."

Pregnant woman caught drink driving a day before giving birth

A pregnant woman was caught drink driving in her car a day before she was due to give birth.

Officers stopped the Brooke Burton's car at 9.15pm on 4 June at Ringles Cross, Uckfield, during Sussex Police's summer crackdown on drink and drug-driving.

The 26-year-old revealed that she was due to go into hospital the next day to give birth so instead of immediately arresting Burton, officers called an ambulance and she was taken to hospital to be assessed.

In the car with Burton were two adults who appeared drunk and a seven-year-old child.

The driver had 45 microgrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of her breath.

Burton, of Nevill Road, Uckfield, pleaded guilty to drink driving, driving without insurance and driving without a licence. She was released on bail to appear at Brighton Magistrates' Court on 22 June.

She was banned from driving for 14 months, fined £255 and ordered to pay £235 costs and a £20 victim surcharge.

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