A French driver has been banned from driving after he was caught veering across the road while drunk.
Dimitry Cougy was arrested at 5.15am on Thursday after he was spotted driving his Volkswagen Passat erratically in Marine Drive, Brighton.
When officers stopped Cougy, 20, of Villotte St Seine, France, he was breathalysed and found to be twice the drink-drive limit.
Cougy was charged with drink-driving and remanded in custody to appear at Brighton Magistrates’ Court where he pleaded guilty the next day.
He was banned from driving for 20 months, fined £200 and ordered to pay £85 costs and a £20 victim surcharge.
Superintendent Jane Derrick, the head of Sussex Police’s roads policing unit, said:
“Within 36 hours of us catching Cougy, justice had been done and he had been banned from the roads.
“He may have thought that the streets would be clear of police officers at 5am on a Thursday but his case proves that we are out and about around the clock every day hunting and catching drivers who are putting themselves and other people at risk by getting the behind the wheel after drinking or taking drugs.”
A total of 48 people have now been charged this month as part of Operation Dragonfly, Sussex Police’s crackdown on drink and drug-driving including;
Lisa-Marie Peckham, 28 of Walton-on-Thames was arrested at 1.55am on Sunday after a crash in High Street, Bognor Regis, and was charged with failing to provide a specimen for analysis, driving without a licence and assaulting a police officer. She was and released on bail to appear at Worthing Magistrates’ Court on 30 September.
You can text officers on 65999 with the details of people you suspect of drink or drug driving or visit www.operationcrackdown.co.uk to report them and give their details and information about their vehicle.
If you know someone is driving while over the limit call 999.