SUSSEX Police have released footage of a Lodsworth drink driver - who claimed he was just ‘turning around’ his wrecked car.
Christopher Squires, who was found guilty this month of drink driving, wrecked his car by overturning it and then tried to claim he was only moving it in the road, police said.
Police were called after a member of the public found Squires sitting in a Volkswagen Polo that crashed in Lickfold Road, Fernhurst, shortly before 2am on Christmas Eve.
A police spokesman said: “When officers arrived Squires denied he had crashed the car - instead insisting the heavy damage had been caused on a previous occasion and he was just turning the vehicle around.”
The 28-year-old was more than twice the limit when he was arrested.
“He then lied about who he was and criticised officers for breathalysing him,” said police.
Squires, of School Lane, Lodsworth, pleaded guilty to drink-driving, driving without a licence and driving without insurance when he appeared at Crawley Magistrates’ Court on January 6.
He was banned from driving for 20 months and ordered to pay a £320 fine, £85 costs and a £20 victim surcharge.
Superintendent Jane Derrick said: “Squires made a series of ridiculous attempts to avoid justice.
“He claimed the damage to his car was old, when it clearly wasn’t. He tried to use a fake name, which we were able to quickly prove was not his own.
“He did not have a full driving licence but said that we were wasting his time and taxpayers’ money by arresting and questioning him.
“We will not tolerate drink-driving and the ban given by the magistrates shows they considered his offences to be serious as well.”
People in Sussex can text officers on 65999 with the details of people they suspect of drink or drug driving or visit www.operationcrackdown.co.uk.
You can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.
To keep up to date with officers looking for drink drivers, follow #opdragonfly on Twitter.
To report someone driving while over the limit or after taking drugs call 999.