A deliveryman from Worthing has been spared jail after being caught driving four times over the drink-drive limit.

Anthony Coppin, 59, was caught driving erratically on the A259 near the town during rush hour on Tuesday (August, 1).

At around 5.15pm, police were called about the driver of a green Toyota Previa suspected to be under the influence of alcohol at Wick Parade, in Wick.

Officers stopped and arrested him on suspicion of drink driving at the Yeoman roundabout in Durrington, where he was forced to slow down by queueing traffic.

Police said he smelt strongly of alcohol, his eyes were glazed and his speech was slow and slurred.

They also found an open can of lager in the drinks holder on the dashboard.

He was found to be driving with 165mcg of alcohol per 100mg of breath in his system; the legal limit is 35mcg.

Coppin, of Northbrook Close in Broadwater was sentenced to 14 weeks in prison, suspended for 12 months after pleading guilty to drink driving at Crawley Magistrates Court on Wednesday (August, 2).

He was also disqualified from driving for three years, ordered to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work, and pay £85 in costs and a £115 victim surcharge.

PC Pete De Silvo, of the Arundel Roads Policing unit, said:

“Coppin’s sentence reflects the seriousness of the offence he committed.

“The danger he posed to himself and to other road users was clearly demonstrated in his erratic driving – he swerved across both lanes of the dual carriageway, clipped a kerb and narrowly avoided colliding with another car before we stopped him.

“It’s fortunate we caught up with Coppin when we did, and I’d like to thank the members of the public who reported him to us. Our roads in Sussex will be safer without him.”

Anyone in Sussex who suspects someone of drink or drug-driving can text police on 65999 or visit the Operation Crackdown website.

You can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.