Corby men named for drink driving as part of police campaign

Northamptonshire Police have revealed two men from Corby were arrested this week for driving offences.

Wednesday, 11th December 2019, 2:16 pm
Updated Wednesday, 11th December 2019, 2:17 pm
Northamptonshire Police are tackling drink and drug driving
Northamptonshire Police are tackling drink and drug driving

The arrests have been revealed as part of a month-long campaign by police to tackle drink and drug driving over the festive period.

Chair of the Northamptonshire Safer Roads Alliance (NRSA), Chief Superintendent Mick Stamper, said: "There is absolutely no excuse or circumstance that could ever justify drink or drug driving – it is exceptionally selfish and reckless. Not only are you risking your own life, but those of innocent road users."

On Monday, December 9, a 30-year-old man from Corby was arrested for driving while unfit through drugs after he was stopped by officers.

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He has been released under investigation while police wait for the results of a blood test.

Yesterday (Tuesday, December 10), Sean Devine, 29, of Westfields Road, Corby, was charged with driving over the limit after he was stopped by officers.

Devine will appear at Northampton Magistrates' Court on Monday, January 6.

Police have also charged two men from Northampton.

Gheroghe Grandrabur, 31, of St James Park Road, Northampton, was charged with driving over the limit after he was stopped on Monday, December 9.

Grandabur will appear at Northampton Magistrates' Court on Monday, January 6.

Viorel Gheroghe, 31, of Thatchwell Court, Northampton, was also charged with driving over the limit after he was stopped yesterday (Tuesday).

He will appear at Northampton Magistrates' Court on Monday, January 6.

The campaign started this Monday (December 9) and said it was to remind drivers of the dangers and consequences of getting behind the wheel while under the influence of drink or drugs.

Northamptonshire Police said: "Officers carry out breath tests throughout the year, however with more people out celebrating over Christmas and New Year, increased patrols and roadside checks will be held across the county.

"These will also include early morning operations, when people may be driving after consuming alcohol or taken drugs the previous night and may not realise that they are still over the limit."

Chief Superintendent Mick Stamper added: "The majority of people know how dangerous it is to take the risk of driving under the influence and though we share this message every year, I guarantee there will be some who still choose to ignore it.

"Please don’t be one of these drivers.

"If you do not want to be stopped, arrested, taken to the cells, charged and forced to appear before court. Or don’t want your friends, family and employers to know that you’re a drink or drug driver. The message is simple – do not drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs."

To report suspected drink or drug driving in confidence, call the Drivewatch Hotline on 0800 174615 or call Northamptonshire Police on 101. In an emergency, call 999.