Police warning after Bognor drink driver causes carnage

The wreckage caused by Jonathan Onions which Sussex Police described as 'carnage'
The wreckage caused by Jonathan Onions which Sussex Police described as 'carnage'

A BOGNOR drink driver who crashed his van into a stationary car before spinning into the path of an oncoming van has been banned from driving.

Jonathan Onions stopped to have several pints of lager on his way home from work but then got back behind the wheel of his blue Volkswagen Transporter, Sussex Police said.

The 52-year-old crashed into a Renault Laguna that had been abandoned on the A29 Stane Street in Pulborough and then span into the path of another Volkswagen Transporter travelling in the opposite direction at 10pm on June 18.

Police said Onions, of Elmwood Avenue, Bognor Regis, was more than twice the drink drive limit.

He pleaded guilty to drink driving when he appeared at Worthing Magistrates’ Court on July 7 and was banned from driving for 36 months, fined £500 and ordered to pay £235 costs and a £50 victim surcharge.

Chief Inspector Phil Nicholas, of Surrey and Sussex roads policing unit, said: “Luckily both drivers escaped with minor injuries but this could have been a very serious or even fatal crash.

“Onions knew he shouldn’t have mixed drinking and driving but decided to chance his arm. It could have cost him his life.

“If you think someone is about to drive after drinking tell us so we can get there before it is too late.”

A total of 53 people have so far been convicted of offences as part of the summer Operation Dragonfly drink and drug-driving campaign.