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."
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
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.
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.