A prolific offender has been jailed after he was caught drink-driving in St Leonards.
Lewis Jeffs, who has convictions for multiple offences spanning several years, was approached in Murdock Mews on the evening of 15 July by an officer who suspected he had just driven while under the influence of alcohol.
The 33-year-old, who is unemployed, entered a house in the street followed by the officer, who was then restrained from behind by a woman. This allowed Jeffs to run out of the back of the house and over a garden fence.
An area search was carried out and Jeffs was located and arrested in nearby Blackman Avenue shortly afterwards. He was taken to custody and charged with driving with 69mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in his system, driving with no insurance and driving while disqualified.
At Brighton Magistrates’ Court on 17 July, Jeffs, of The Old Hop Gardens, Peasmarsh, was jailed for 12 weeks. Magistrates took his history of offending into account when sentencing, which includes three previous convictions for driving while disqualified.
He was also disqualified from driving for 18 months, and ordered to pay a £80 fine, £85 costs and a £115 victim surcharge.
The woman alleged to have restrained the officer – Sadie Jeffs, 31, unemployed, of an unknown address – has been charged with obstructing a police officer in the execution of their duty and is due to appear before Hastings Magistrates’ Court on 15 August.