Drink-driver asked police for help to start his car

A DRINK-driver was caught after he asked police to help him jump start his car in Climping.

A police patrol found the Vauxhall Astra of Lewis Hines stopped in the middle of the Bridge Road roundabout on the A259 at Climping at 1.35am on Boxing Day.

The 24-year-old asked the officers to jump start his car but because he was slurring his words, they instead breathalysed him. Hines was almost twice the drink-drive limit so was arrested.

Hines, of Horsham Road, Littlehampton, pleaded guilty to drink-driving when he appeared at Crawley Magistrates’ Court on January 7.

He was banned from driving for 17 months, fined £350 and told to pay a £35 victim surcharge and £85 costs.

Police were called after staff refused to sell Maxine Withall, 48, bottles of wine at Tesco Express in Flansham Lane, Felpham, at 9.30pm on December 17 because they believed she was drunk.

Staff told police they believed she had been drink-driving and officers stopped Withall from starting her car to drive away.

Tests later proved she was three times the drink-drive limit.

Withall, of Sloe Gardens, Bognor Regis, pleaded guilty to drink-driving when she appeared at Crawley Magistrates’ Court on January 7.

She was banned from driving for 24 months, made the subject of a community order and told to pay a £60 victim surcharge and £85 costs.

A total of 30 people have so far been convicted of offences as part of the December 2014 campaign.

People in Sussex can text officers on 65999 with the details of people they suspect of drink or drug driving or visit www.operationcrackdown.co.uk. You can also call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.