Colin Delaney admitted he had consumed “a couple of glasses of wine at lunch time” after being involved in a collision on the M23, just south of junction 9 near Crawley. He later stated that he “should have had a bigger burger”.
He was driving a silver Mercedes CL500, that crashed into the rear of a green Ford Transit in the third lane of the southbound carriageway.
Both vehicles were significantly damaged after the collision, that happened at about 7.40pm on 31st May 2017.
The entire southbound carriageway was forced to close for about 30 minutes so that the vehicles could be recovered and dangerous debris cleared from the scene.
Delaney, 56 years old, a director, of Hammerpond Road, Plummers Plain, Horsham, failed a roadside breath test and was subsequently charged with driving with 40mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in his system.
Delaney did not appear remorseful and instead was interested in determining how far over the limit he was.
After hearing the breath test reading Delaney replied: “I should have had a bigger burger.”
On Monday 5th February, at Horsham Magistrates’ Court, he was disqualified from driving for 13 months. He also received a fine of £300 and was ordered to pay £450 costs and a £30 victim surcharge.
Officer PC Brad Simms, of the Bognor Regis Response Unit, who arrested Delaney, said: “Eating a bigger meal would have had a minimal impact on the breath test reading Delaney recorded. Instead of worrying about how close to the legal limit he was, Delaney could have guaranteed he was safe to drive by not drinking altogether.
“The effects of alcohol vary from person to person, and depend on a number of factors including age, weight, sex, metabolism, type of alcohol, what a person has eaten recently and their stress levels at the time.
“Delaney made a conscious decision to drive having consumed alcohol earlier that day. In doing so he not only risked being over the limit; he also risked his own life and the lives of other road users.
“Aside from being illegal, drink-driving is socially unacceptable and Sussex Police will prosecute anyone caught committing the offence.
“Our advice is simple: drink OR drive; never both.”
If you suspect someone in Sussex of drink driving you can text 65999 with the details, or visit the Operation Crackdown website.
Alternatively, you can visit the Crimestoppers website or contact the independent charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.
If you know someone is driving while over the limit or after taking drugs, call 999.