A DRINK-DRIVER twice over the limit crashed into a parked car before pulling off a police car door handle.

Andrew Hollands, 53, of Caburn Crescent, Lewes, pleaded guilty at Brighton Magistrates Court to drink-driving and criminal damage.

He was been banned from driving for 20 months.

The court heard Hollands had crashed into a parked car and collided with a wall in Plumpton Green, Lewes, in the early hours of August 27.

Hollands was arrested for drink driving before snapping the door handle of a BMW police car in rage.

He was found to have 89 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath – the legal limit is 35 microgrammes.

In defence, his lawyer Joe Harrington told the court Hollands had been at a party before the fracas.

Mr Harrington said: “He had been at a party and had made a snap decision to go home. He pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity.

“He was angry at himself and that’s why he acted out of frustration and he fully accepts the damage he has done.”

Hollands said the ban would mean he would not be able to take his mother to appointments at the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton.

Bench chairwoman Shirley Vening banned Hollands from driving for 20 months. He was given a conditional discharge for criminal damage. He was also made to pay £598 in court costs and compensation.