Almost Four Times Over Drink-Drive Limit

Drink-driver convicted following head-on collision


This was the result of a woman being almost four times the drink-drive limit.

Emma Tingley was driving a black Ford Focus which was involved in a head-on collision with a white Toyota Aygo in Willingdon Drove, Eastbourne.

Her vehicle had drifted onto the wrong side of the carriageway prior to the crash at the junction with Sevenoaks Road.

A white DAF van also sustained slight damage during the incident, which occurred at about 6.18pm on 30 November. Thankfully no injuries were reported.

Tingley failed a roadside breath test, and was subsequently arrested and charged with driving with 134mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in her system. The legal limit is 35mcg.

The 45-year-old Government employee, of West Close, Polegate, pleaded guilty to the offence at Brighton Magistrates’ Court on 21 December.

She was disqualified from driving for 32 months and sentenced to a 12-month community order, which requires her to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work. She was also ordered to pay costs of £85 and a £85 victim surcharge.

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.

Alternatively, you can visit the Crimestoppers website or contact the independent charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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

Rye’s Own Bulletin Friday 12 January 2018