A MAN who narrowly avoided a head-on collision with a police car while driving under the influence of alcohol has been disqualified and ordered to pay more than £ 1,000.
Adam Baines nearly suffered a head-on collision on his way home to Itchingfield after drinking in a Horsham pub in the early hours of September 4th.
Two officers from the Horsham Response Unit had been informed that the 20-year-old engineer was driving home drunk and attempted to hire him.
However, the pair were forced to stray from Baines’ Audi, as they approached at high speed on Bashurt Hill – a narrow country road with blind bends.
They ended up in a ditch avoiding a collision that they believed could have resulted in serious injury or death.
Baines did not stop at the scene and continued to return home, where he was later arrested.
He took a breathalyzer test showing 72 micrograms per 100 ml of breath, more than double the legal limit.
In an interview with police, Baines, of The Wedges, Itchingfield, suggested there was ‘no other way’ for him to get home and ‘a taxi would cost £ 30’.
He admitted to driving drunk and driving recklessly when he appeared in Crawley Magistrates’ Court on September 20 and was sentenced at Lewes Crown Court on October 29.
Baines was banned from driving for 18 months, fined £ 500 and ordered to perform 100 hours of unpaid work. He also has to pay £ 425 in fees and a supplement of £ 95.
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