Two motorists caught drink-driving each day since launch of Christmas name-and-shame campaign
PUBLISHED: 13:21 19 December 2014
Thirty motorists are facing the possibility of losing their licences after being arrested on suspicion of drink-driving related offences so far this month.
Their arrests since the start of December came despite Suffolk police warning motorists about their annual purge on drink-driving over the festive period.
The Star has also pledged to cover as many court cases involving December drink-drivers as possible as part of its yearly name and shame campaign.
Among those who have been charged with driving while over the legal alcohol limit are Ritchie McMillan, 27, of Kingland, Shotley.
He was arrested in Main Road, Woolverstone, on December 7 and is due to appear before Ipswich magistrates on December 22.
On the same day Vytautas Kaubrys, 29, of Bramford Road, Ipswich, is due to appear in court charged with failure to provide a specimen and assault on a police officer.
Teenager Kimberley Hawes is also due to be before South East Suffolk Magistrates Court after being stopped in Queen’s Road, Felixstowe.
The 18-year-old from Orchard Road, Leiston is scheduled to appear on December 29 accused of driving a motor vehicle when alcohol above limit.
In the west of the county Dean Estop, 28, of Westgate Street, Bury St Edmunds, is due before the town’s magistrates on Friday. He was arrested in Tye Green, Alpheton, near Sudbury on December 7.
Adrian Vass, 35, of Wordsworth Road, Stowmarket, is scheduled to appear before Bury magistrates on December 30 after being charged with failing to provide a specimen following his arrest in Old Newton.
At least seven other people have been charged with drink-driving in the west Suffolk since December 1, police have said.
Elsewhere among the others on drink-driving charges are Anthony Riseborough, of Elizabeth Drive, Beccles, who was arrested on the A144 Bramfield Road, Halesworth.
The 44-year-old is scheduled to appear before Lowestoft magistrates on December 23.
Gina Bywater, 28, of Pier Terrace, Lowestoft, is also due before Lowestoft Magistrates on December 20.
She is accused of drink-driving, aggravated vehicle taking, driving a motor vehicle otherwise than in accordance with a licence, and using a motor vehicle without third party insurance.
Meanwhile nine people are currently on bail after being among the 30 arrested on suspicion of alcohol-related motoring offences. These include a 48-year-old man stopped in Swansea Avenue, Ipswich, on December 14, and a 61-year-old Needham Market woman detained after a crash in Lupin Way, Needham Market.
A 43-year-old man from Ipswich is also on bail after being arrested in the town’s Rope Walk on December 8.
Two other suspected drink-drivers who were involved in accidents in Ipswich and Shotley are also currently on bail, pending further enquiries.
Chief Inspector Chris Spinks of the joint Norfolk and Suffolk Roads Policing and Firearms Unit said: “We will continue with targeted enforcement during our campaign over the festive period.
“Drink driving at any time is unacceptable and puts all road users at significant risk.
“Anyone with information relating to a suspected drink driver is asked to contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.”