Fishponds man arrested in drink-drive crackdown

October 04 2018

A FISHPONDS man was one of more than 130 motorists arrested for drink or drug driving during a police crackdown.

The Avon and Somerset force breathalysed more than 370 people in roadside tests over a month-long campaign.

Of the 133 people arrested, 74 were charged and a further 30 released under investigation.

Police said that one of those charged was Wil Robert Harry Burtenshaw, aged 23, of Fishponds, who was disqualified from driving for 18 months.

Officers said the highest reading recorded of any driver during the campaign was 147 microgrammes of alcohol in 100ml of breath - more than four times the legal limit of 35.

Police received around 370 tip-offs from members of the public, after asking people to call or text with information about people they believed were driving under the influence. The force said half of the tip-offs attended by officers led to an arrest.

The constabulary’s head of road safety, Superintendent Andy Williams, said: “Our approach to Operation  Tonic promotes education over prosecution where possible, with the ultimate aim to reduce deaths, serious injuries and crime related to drink and drug driving.

“I’d like to thank the public for sharing vital information with us."

People are being encouraged to report drink drivers by calling 999 when the suspect is behind the wheel or texting the word 'drunk' and details of the car, driver and location to 07400 279101 at other times.