Shoreham Beach woman banned from driving

Operation Dragonfly is focused on drink and drug-driving SUS-141224-111002001
Operation Dragonfly is focused on drink and drug-driving SUS-141224-111002001

A SHOREHAM Beach woman found slumped over her steering wheel has been banned from the roads for three years.

Johanna Dennett, of Harbour Way, was spotted in the driver’s seat of her Ford Fiesta by a police patrol.

The 50-year-old had the engine running in Albany Villas, Hove, at 2.10pm on June 18 last year.

Officers could smell alcohol on her breath and there were a number of bottles of alcohol in her car, but she refused to be breathalysed at the police station.

Dennett appeared at Eastbourne Magistrates’ Court on Thursday and pleaded guilty to failing to provide a specimen for analysis.

She was banned from driving for three years and ordered to pay a £600 fine, £600 costs and a £60 victim surcharge.

Dennett had previously served a ban for drink-driving imposed in 2012.

Sussex Police said a month-long campaign was run in June as part of Operation Dragonfly, the force’s crackdown on drink and drug drivers.

Of the 119 people to have been charged as part of the campaign, 111 have been convicted of offences so far. The remaining eight are still being dealt with by the courts.

People in Sussex can text officers on 65999 with the details of people they suspect of drink or drug driving or visit www.operationcrackdown.co.uk.

You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

To keep up to date with officers looking for drug drivers, follow #opdragonfly on Twitter.

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