Police in our region are clamping down on drink driving, with extra patgrols over the festive period. Our reporter Matt Price now on the social crime with devastating consequences.
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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."
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.
Twenty five people have been charged with drink or drug driving related offences in Dorset since the beginning of June.
They've been arrested in the county's summer crackdown which finishes at the end of the month. At least seven of them are due to appear before magistrates in July.
A woman who was twice over the drink drive limit when her car with four children onboard went out of control and overturned, has escaped being sent to jail.
However Kristiane Larsson, aged 36, was banned from driving for two years and ordered to carry out one hundred hours community service.
She was arrested after her Ford Focus flipped over on to its side at a caravan park in Sussex, last month. Fortunately the four children - all aged under ten - Larsson, and another woman in the vehicle all escaped injury. Andy Dickenson sent this report from Worthing Magistrates Court.
A woman charged with drink driving and being drunk while in charge of a child after a car accident in Selsey in Sussex, has been sentenced to 100 hours of community service and a two year driving ban.
The incident happened at 1am on Sunday 23rd May. A Ford Focus saloon car being driven along Nab Tower Lane on the West Sands Caravan Park at Selsey, overturned onto its side.
There were six people from Sutton in Surrey inside the car - two women aged 36 and 35, and four children - including two girls aged three and eight, and two boys aged six and nine.
Kristiane Larsson, 36, a cleaner from Rose Hill in Sutton was sentenced at Worthing Magistrates Court.
Police forces in the South have begun their summer anti-drink drive campaigns. Officers are also carrying out roadside tests on drivers suspected of taking drugs.
Since March, 57 people have been arrested for drug-driving in Sussex and 55 people in Dorset.
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