Bexhill man arrested for drug driving has accused his brother of driving

A MAN arrested on suspicion of drug driving has accused his brother of driving.

The man’s sibling was later arrested on a warrant for failing to appear at a court hearing and spent a night in custody before being dragged before a court to face charges of driving under the influence.

His business was also affected by lengthy court proceedings.

Hove Crown Court has been told that police have pulled Vincent Kimber, 51, from St Barnabas Court, Bexhill, on suspicion of driving under the influence in the town in November 2019.

The Argus: Vincent Kimber, 51, tested positive for having the level of cannabis in his blood above the set limit - and blamed his brotherVincent Kimber, 51, tested positive because he had the level of cannabis in his blood above the set limit – and blamed his brother

The 51-year-old later tested positive because the level of a controlled drug, namely cannabis, in his blood was above the established limit.

However, the court heard that when Kimber was taken to a nearby police detention center to be formally charged, an error occurred in the equipment used to identify a suspect.

In the UK, many major police stations are now equipped with live scanning equipment that can instantly compare suspects’ fingerprints against a national database, with results usually reported in less than ten minutes.

When asked for his ID information, Kimber verbally gave police his brother’s name, age and address – which later led to his sibling’s arrest.

Adrian Harvey, who is defending himself, told the court that Kimber’s decision to reveal his brother’s personal details was “impromptu” and that his client had expressed remorse for his actions.

“It wasn’t a conspiracy,” said Mr Harvey, adding that the two brothers recently met at their mother’s funeral.

The court heard that as the story later began to unravel, Kimber had told his defense team he had “gone insane on cocaine and cannabis” during his original 2019 arrest.

Recording clerk Rachel Drake said that while she accepts that Kimber’s decision was not a conspiracy, she added that “the moment can be undone on the fly.”

“I must condemn you for the smooth functioning of our society,” the judge said.

Miss Drake sentenced Kimber to 12 months in prison for perversion of justice and ordered him to pay a £149 victim’s surcharge.

He was also suspended from driving for 18 months for the original drug offense.

Kimber pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice at a previous hearing.

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