POLICE have released footage of a man so drunk he fell from his chair after being arrested for drink driving.
Robert Hutchinson, 59, of Fir Tree Close, Plummers Plain, was taken to Worthing Custody Centre after being spotted driving erratically on the A281 heading towards Horsham at 5.45pm on Friday, January 30.
As the witness phoned police to describe what he could see, Hutchinson veered off the road, overcorrected and crashed head on into a Ford Ka heading south on the road at Mannings Heath.
When police arrived they found Hutchinson was still sitting behind the wheel.
Chief Inspector Phil Nicholas, of Surrey and Sussex roads policing unit, said: “The footage shows just how drunk Hutchinson was, yet he thought that it was acceptable for him to drive in that condition.
“It is vital that we get people who think that it’s ok to drink and drive off the roads.
“We need the public’s help to tell us whenever they see someone who could be drink-driving so that we can act before someone is seriously hurt or even killed.”
Hutchinson was found to have 169 microgrammes of alcohol per 100 millitres of his breath - almost five times the legal limit of 35 microgrammes.
He told police he had been drinking for several hours at home that afternoon but had decided to go shopping for food and then crashed his car.
He had already served a ban for drink-driving after being convicted in 2009 and did not have a driving licence.
He pleaded guilty to drink-driving, driving without a licence and driving without insurance when he appeared at Crawley Magistrates’ Court on 23 February.
He was banned from driving for five years, given an 18-week prison sentence, told to do 300 hours of community service and ordered to pay £85 costs and an £80 victim surcharge.
People in Sussex can text officers on 65999 with the details of people they suspect of drink or drug driving or visit www.operationcrackdown.co.uk.