Seriously injured motorist convicted of drink-driving in Ansty
A man who sustained serious injuries after his car crashed into a tree has been convicted of drink-driving.
Police were called to a single vehicle collision on the A272 at Ansty, close to the junction with the B2036, at about 2.15am on Tuesday 13 June.
A silver Volkswagen Golf had struck a kerb and continued straight over a roundabout, before coming off the carriageway and hitting a tree, uprooting it.
The driver, identified as William Flowers, 26, an engineer, of Highbank, Haywards Heath, was cut free from the vehicle and taken to Royal Sussex County Hospital with serious leg injuries.
His passenger, a 19-year-old woman from Burgess Hill, was taken to the same hospital with minor injuries.
Flowers was arrested and charged with driving with 186mg of alcohol per 100ml of urine in his system. The legal limit is 107mg.
He pleaded guilty and at Crawley Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday (9 August), he was disqualified from driving for 17 months. He was also fined £120, and ordered to pay £85 costs and a £30 victim surcharge.
Investigating officer PC Jon Bennion-Jones, of the Arundel Roads Policing Unit, said: “It was a foolish decision for Flowers to drive while drunk; a few feet either way and the collision could have ended in tragedy.”
People in Sussex can text officers on 65999 with the details of people they suspect of drink or drug-driving, or visit the Operation Crackdown website.
You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or report it online.
If you know someone is driving while over the limit or after taking drugs, call 999.