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Drink Driver Runs Out Of Petrol And Luck


A 28-year-old man drink-driver was caught after his car ran out of petrol on his way home.

Jonathan Viney spent the evening of 5 December drinking beer and spirits at The Beresford, a pub in Middleton, Sussex, before deciding to drive home.

His car broke down in Middleton Road, near the junction with the A259, so Viney abandoned his car in the road and went on foot to get fuel from a nearby petrol station.

When he returned to his Fiat Brava at 2am on 6 December, police officers were waiting to arrest him.

A breathalyser confirmed he had 86 millilitres of alcohol per 100 millilitres of his breath – more than twice the 35 millilitres legal limit.

He had already served a drink-driving ban after being convicted of the offence in 2006.

Viney, of Silver Birch Drive, Bognor Regis, pleaded guilty to drink-driving. He was banned from driving for 46 months, fined £110 and ordered to pay a £20 victim surcharge and £85 costs.

Superintendent Jane Derrick, the head of roads policing said:

Viney knew the consequences of being caught drink-driving but decided to try his luck anyway and is now paying the price.It was fortunate that he had not bothered to keep track of how much petrol was in his car because if he had continued driving he could have caused a serious accident.He put both himself and other people in danger.

There is no excuse for drink-driving and we will not tolerate it.

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