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.
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, and he was disqualified from driving for 17 months. He was also fined £120, and ordered to pay £85 costs.
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.”