Drunk motorist is banned after he drives at policeman

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A motorist was so drunk he almost ran over a police officer who tried to stop him going the wrong way down a one way street.

Stanley Perry was seen driving a Toyota Hiace the wrong way down Norman Road, St Leonards, at 9.20pm on 11 December during Sussex Police’s Christmas crackdown on drink and drug driving.

A police officer stood in the road to signal for the 48-year-old to stop but had to jump clear when Perry drove straight at him.

Perry had to brake further up the road when he came bumper to bumper with a car going the right way. When the officer caught up with him and opened the car door, Perry was so drunk he fell into the road.

Perry, from Berkshire, was found to have 123 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of his breath when tested - more than three times the 35 microgrammes legal limit. He said he had not tried to run down the police officer but had been so drunk he had not seen him.

He was banned from driving for three years, given a 24-month suspended prison sentence and told to do 250 hours of community service.