A DRINK-DRIVER claims she “felt OK” moments before she flipped her car in a residential road.

Constance Ndawana overturned the car in Bellingham Crescent, Hove, just seconds after setting off from her home after having enjoyed several glasses of wine.

Emergency services were called to the scene after the unemployed 48-year-old flipped her silver Ford Fiesta last month.

She failed a roadside breath test at the scene.

Residents from nearby homes crowded in the street to look at the unusual sight as a recovery team dealt with the stranded hatchback.

Ndawana, who lives in adjoining Egmont Road, was taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton “as a precaution”

She was later discharged and taken into custody, where she was asked to take another breath test.

Ndawana blew 102mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath. The legal limit is 35mcg.

She was subsequently arrested and charged with drink-driving.

A police interview followed in which the reckless driver admitted she had sunk a few glasses of wine before setting off but claimed she “felt OK” to drive.

She was driving for less than a minute before the dramatic crash happened.

Ndawana pleaded guilty to drink-driving at Brighton Magistrates’ Court on March 5 and was slapped with a two-year driving ban.

She was also fined £200 and ordered to pay £85 in costs and a £32 victim surcharge... a total cost of £317.

Following the prosecution, Sussex Police issued a stark warning to anyone considering getting behind the wheel after they had been drinking.

A spokesman said: “If you’re prepared to drive under the influence of drink or drugs, prepare to face the consequences.

“These could include killing or seriously injuring yourself or someone else.

“It will result in a minimum of a 12 month ban, an unlimited fine and a possible criminal sentence.

“Those convicted of drink-driving also risk a criminal record which could affect their current and future employment, an increase in their car insurance costs and trouble travelling to countries such as the USA.”

The force is currently clamping down on drink-drivers in Sussex and people in the county have been told they can text officers on 65999 with the details of people they suspect of drink or drug-driving.

Alternatively, concerned residents can report incidents on the Operation Crackdown website, or if they are certain of the behaviour they should take a more direct approach.

A spokesman said: “If you know someone is driving while over the limit or after taking drugs, call 999.”