A COUNCIL worker has been banned from driving after she crashed her car while drunk.

Admin officer Emma Tingley, 45, was four times over the drink-drive limit when she crashed her car into another in a head-on collision.

Tingley, who works for Lewes Town Council, was disqualified from driving for two years and eight months at Brighton Magistrates Court.

The court heard Tingley was driving a black Ford Focus on November 30 at 6.18pm. The car drifted onto the wrong side of the carriageway before ploughing into a white Toyota Aygo in a head-on collision in Willingdon Drove, Eastbourne.

A white DAF van was also damaged but nobody was injured.

Tingley failed a roadside breath test and was arrested and then charged with driving with 134mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in her system - nearly four times over the legal limit at 35mcg.

Tingley, of West Close, Polegate, pleaded guilty.

She was disqualified from driving for 32 months and sentenced to a 12-month community order, which requires her to carry out 200 hours unpaid work.

She was also ordered to pay £85 costs with a £85 victim surcharge.

Tingley has worked at the town council for 22 years and clerk Steve Brigden declined to comment if Tingley was still employed by the town council, and whether she was driving a company car at the time.

If you know someone is driving while over the limit or after taking drugs, then police urge you to call 999.

People in Sussex can also text officers on 65999 with the details of people they suspect of bring over the limit. Police carried out a Christmas crackdown on drink drivers.