Jarrow driver charged in police Christmas crackdown on drink and drug drivers

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A motorist from South Tyneside is one of eight drivers arrested within six days of a police campaign.

The arrests are part of Operation Dragoon - a Christmas Drink and Drug Driving crackdown.

Of the eight arrested one was from Jarrow who has since been charged with failing to provide a specimen.

The TIPSOL led campaign is the first time saw the force target those suspected of drink driving during the festive period.

During the month of action checkpoints have been set up across the force area to target motorists who may have got behind the wheel while drunk or high.

Every officer has been armed with a breathalyser and a drug testing kit while members of the Op Dragoon have also been using a high tech drugs kits donated by manufacturers Draeger.

Motor Patrols Chief Inspector John Heckels, who leads the Op Dragoon team, said: “Extra patrols are out across the force and we will pull you over and test you if we suspect you have had a drink.

“In just under a week we have already carried out numerous tests on the roadside and we will carry on testing those we suspect of breaking the law.

“Drink and drug driving is a serious offence and we will not tolerate people putting innocent lives at risk by getting behind the wheel when they are not fit to drive.”

Despite the extra patrols the team still rely on tips from our local communities to catch those who persistently break the drink/drug drive laws.

If you suspect anybody of getting behind the wheel while under the influence then contact the team on 101 extension 69191 or 999 in an emergency.