A drink-driver who was involved in a collision on the M23 told police at the time he ‘should have had a bigger burger’.

Colin Delaney, 56, of Hammerpond Road in Horsham, admitted he had consumed ‘a couple of glasses of wine at lunch time’ prior to the crash near Crawley on May 31 last year.

Delaney was driving a silver Mercedes which collided with the back of a green Ford Transit on the southbound carriageway, leaving both vehicles with extensive damage.

The Mercedes collided with back of a Ford Transit.

He failed a roadside breath test, and was disqualified from driving for 13 months after appearing before magistrates on Monday (February, 5).

Police said he showed no remorse for his actions and was more interested in finding out how far over the limit he was.

Arresting officer PC Brad Simms said:

“Eating a bigger meal would have had a minimal impact on the breath test reading Delaney recorded.

“Instead of worrying about how close to the legal limit he was, Delaney could have guaranteed he was safe to drive by not drinking altogether.

“The effects of alcohol vary from person to person, and depend on a number of factors including age, weight, sex, metabolism, type of alcohol, what a person has eaten recently and their stress levels at the time.”

Delaney was also fined £300, as well as ordered to pay £450 in costs and a £30 victim surcharge.