• Hassan Alaani, 28, unemployed, of Princes Road, Eastbourne, was arrested in Hide Hollow, Eastbourne, on 14 December, and charged with failing to provide a specimen of blood when suspected of drink or drug-driving, and possession of cannabis.

    At Brighton Magistrates’ Court on 8 January, he was disqualified from driving for four years and sentenced to 18 weeks’ imprisonment, suspended for 18 months. He is also required to carry out 80 hours of unpaid work in the next 12 months.

If you’re prepared to drive under the influence of drink or drugs, prepare to face the consequences. These could include the following:

  • Killing or seriously injuring yourself or someone else;
  • A minimum 12 month ban;
  • An unlimited fine;
  • A possible prison sentence;
  • A criminal record, which could affect your current and future employment;
  • An increase in your car insurance costs;
  • Trouble travelling to countries such as the USA.

People in Sussex can text officers on 65999 with the details of people they suspect of drink or drug-driving, or visit the Operation Crackdown website. 

You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or report it online. 

If you know someone is driving while over the limit or after taking drugs, call 999.