24th May 2020

Eight drink/drug drivers from Taunton amongst names charged over Christmas and New Year

Avon and Somerset Police say they are disappointed at the increased number of people caught drink or drug driving over the Christmas and New Year holiday.

A total of 155 people were arrested on suspicion of drink/drug driving offences compared with 106 in December 2014. Of those, 96 were charged compared with 59 during December 2014.

T/Chief Inspector Stuart Bell, leading the Operation Tonic road safety campaign, said:

“Even one driver caught driving under the influence is one too many. We are very disappointed in the increase in this year’s figures. Once we have the full information and data from the operation we will be analysing the results to try to understand why so many people felt they could take the risk and break the law.

“Our ongoing aim is to work with our partners to educate people about the dangers and consequences of drink and drug driving, and to send out a strong message that to do so is morally and socially unacceptable. Ideally we prevent all drink and drug driving, and will  aim to catch one hundred per cent of people who drink and drug drive, to deter others and to make our roads safer for all.

“We are still collating our statistics, so we don’t know for sure if the increase in drink/drug drivers is because we carried out more stop checks or more breath tests than last year, or if people just thought they could get away with it. What is clear is that these figures are too high – and we will be continuing our efforts to catch drink/drug drivers and to deter others, not just at Christmas but throughout the year.”

As part of Avon and Somerset Police’s Operation Tonic road safety campaign, they are naming motorists who were charged with a drink or drug driving offence during December and into the New Year.

Those charged between 17 – 31 December are:

Matthew Stone, 42, Taunton

James Kelvin Toothill, 25, Wellington, Somerset

David Jonathan Day, 33, Portishead

Adrian Michael Hannath, 42, Southmead, Bristol

Amy Whitehead, 22, Taunton

Mac Nduna, 24, Frome, Somerset

Jack Richard Moore, 22, Hartcliffe, Bristol

Rafal Pudlo, 32, Staple Hill, Bristol

Jan Patterson, 49, Shepton Mallet, Somerset

Grant Alan Newman, 29,Taunton

John Broad, 54, Speedwell, Bristol

Graham Rackham, 53, Minehead, Somerset

Colin Bell, 52, Bath

Darren Thomas Fitzpatrick, 39, Bristol

David Alexander Hoare, 48, South Glamorgan, Wales

Claudiu Milhalcia, 31, Horfield, Bristol

Thomas Karl Donnelly, 25, Weston-super-Mare

Alice Rose George, 24, Downend, Bristol

Richard Joseph Allan, 37, Taunton

Sam Fryer, 30, Bristol

Alexander Brian Painter, 21, Yate

Dmitri Druzik, 30, Bristol

Justin Daniells, 33, Bristol

Alan Woodhead, 64, Taunton

Tahir Hamid Idris, 37, Bristol

Clive Alan Grimsby, 56, Henbury, Bristol

Adam Stephen Clark, 33, Bishopsworth, Bristol

Edith Erskine, 67, Taunton

Ian Edward Anderson, 28, Taunton

David Doe, 29, Knowle, Bristol

Lisa Jane   Anthony, 41, Bridgwater

Luke Kurylo, 22, Radstock, Somerset

Svetlana Sacharay Kuriliele, 43, Plymouth, Devon

Gavin James Bower, 33, Taunton

Caine Bruce Perkins, 36, Bridgwater

Shaun Brian Hill, 32, Barnstable, Devon

Daniel Alan Seabourne, 31, Burnham-on-Sea

Six people charged have not been named after careful risk assessment and concerns about their vulnerability.