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Drink-driver sentenced for racially abusing and assaulting police officer

Credit: SUSSEX POLICE

A drink-driver who racially abused and assaulted police has been convicted in court.

Louise Bailey was arrested and charged with a string of offences after members of the public reported seeing her crash into a lamppost and two stationary bicycles in St James’s Street, Brighton.

Officers carried out a search of the area and spotted a white Smart car matching the description of the reports travelling westbound along Marine Parade, towards Brighton Palace Pier.

Despite officers’ repeated attempts to indicate for her to stop, her vehicle only came to a halt when forced to do so by heavy traffic.

Bailey, 38, a property manager, of St George’s Terrace, Brighton, was arrested at the scene and was initially compliant, however on route to custody she became verbally and racially abusive. This continued as she was taken into custody, where she assaulted two police officers – kicking one in the leg and using her body weight to push another against a wall.

While in custody she also refused to provide a sample of breath for analysis. Bailey pleaded guilty to failing to provide a specimen of breath for analysis, two counts of assaulting a police officer and racially aggravated harassment.

She was sentenced to 12 weeks in prison, suspended for 24 months, and ordered to carry out 250 hours of unpaid work. She was also disqualified from driving for four years, and ordered to pay £160 compensation, £500 in fines, £85 costs and a £115 victim surcharge.

Since the launch of the summer crackdown on drink and drug-drivers on June 1, a total of 55 motorists arrested in Sussex have been convicted, and dozens more are awaiting a date with magistrates.