A DRIVER who drank half a bottle of whiskey out of fear of flying has been disqualified after an evasive maneuver on the A27.
Graham Clark returned to the UK from a holiday abroad and collected his car from Gatwick Airport on 14 May.
The 40-year-old drove first to Selsey and then from Selsey to his home in Portslade.
However, other road users saw him driving erratically on the A27, including driving ten miles with a blown tyre.
He was found to be more than double the legal drink driving limit.
Clark, of Abinger Road in Portslade, later told police in custody: “You treat me like I’m a criminal.”
On July 25 he conceded dangerous driving and driving over the legal limit for alcohol in Worthing Magistrates’ Court.
Clark was sentenced to 200 hours of unpaid labor as part of a 12-week suspended sentence. He must also complete five required rehabilitation sessions and pay £85 in expenses and a £128 victim’s surcharge.
His driver’s license was suspended for two years and he must undergo an extensive retest before he can regain his license.
PC Tom Bezants of the Roads Policing Unit said: “Clark has compromised his own safety and the safety of other road users.
“Witnesses described seeing him driving with a glassy expression, totally unaware of his surroundings, as he drove several kilometers on the busy A27 with a blown tyre.
“He was seen swerving across the road, narrowly avoiding a collision with the median.
“He should have realized that he wasn’t fit to drive a car.”
Sussex Police launched a crackdown on drink and drug driving earlier this month.
PC Bezants said: “Clark is very fortunate not to have caused a serious collision due to his driving.
“This case demonstrates the seriousness of this crime and our determination to catch criminals who pose a threat to people’s safety.
“We are pleased that a dangerous driver has been taken off our roads.”
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