Drink-drive crackdown sees series of arrests

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FIFTEEN people have been arrested in a drink-driving sting – including one for allegedly driving the wrong way down the A27.

Sussex Police arrested 22-year-old Alexander Aston, from Horsham, after his car was seen driving towards Emsworth shortly after midnight on Friday.

A Sussex Police spokesman said: ‘The Volkswagen Polo hit a lorry before it was abandoned in the outside lane of the dual carriageway at the BP garage in Emsworth and the driver fled.

‘Officers had to move the car in darkness out of the dual carriageway to prevent it being hit by oncoming traffic.’

Aston was later charged with drink-driving and dangerous driving and released on bail to appear at Worthing Magistrates’ Court on September 16.

Sussex Police is running Operation Dragonfly to try to tackle drink and drug-related driving across the county this month.

As part of the operation it is publicising the details of every driver charged with suspected drink driving or drug driving in the county.

Hannah Gray, 32, was arrested at 2.50am on Sunday when officers saw her driving slowly on the Stockbridge roundabout.

Gray, of East Street, Havant, was charged with drink-driving and released on bail. She must appear at Worthing Magistrates’ Court on September 16.

Luke Colwell and Harry Phelan, both 20, were arrested at 11.40pm on Friday in New Road, Goodwood, following a crash.

Colwell, of Partridge Gardens, Waterlooville, and Phelan, of Portsmouth Road, Horndean, were charged with drink-driving, driving without insurance and taking a vehicle without consent.

They were released on bail to appear at Worthing Magistrates’ Court on September 16.