Police find drink-driver asleep and snoring at red light

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A drink-driver was found asleep and snoring at a red light on a road in Hastings.

A motorist notified police of the incident, telling officers that they had seen a vehicle stationary with the engine running at a set of traffic lights. 

The driver was nearly three times over the legal limit, was also found at the scene by a postman who removed the keys from the vehicle and placed them on the car's roof. He left the man asleep while waiting for police to arrive.

Officers were able to get the driver out of the car, but were unable to get a coherent answer from him.

A Sussex Police spokeswoman said "The man was still asleep at the wheel when we got there and it took officers some encouragement to wake him up.

"He opened his eyes and he seemed to not know where he was or who they were.

"He was asked if he was OK, but he wasn't able to speak; he just mumbled. He was very unsteady and smelled of alcohol."

The driver later admitted driving with excess alcohol. He was found to have 104mg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in his system - the legal limit is 35mg - and was disqualified from driving for 25 months. He was also ordered to carry out 60 hours of unpaid work, as well as pay £85 costs and a £60 victim surcharge.

Sussex Police arrested 182 people as part of their Christmas campaign to reduce drink-driving incidents during the festive period


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