A PHARMACIST flipped her Fiat on to its side in the early hours of the morning after a heavy night of drinking.

Diana Woloszczuk was still more than three times the drink-drive limit when she climbed behind the wheel at her home in Tangmere on February 21.

She drove to Chichester but, as she travelled along St Paul's Road at about 4am, the 35-year-old smashed into three parked cars and sent her car rolling on to its roof.

Police were called and, speaking to Woloszczuk, were told she had not appreciated she was still over the limit when she woke in the morning.

She failed a roadside breath test and was subsequently arrested. She was later charged with driving with 114mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in her system. The legal limit is 35mcg.

Woloszczuk appeared at Crawley Magistrates’ Court on March 8 where she pleaded guilty to the offence.

She was disqualified from driving for 23 months, ordered to pay costs totalling £303 and given a community order with a rehabilitation activity requirement.

Investigating officer, PC Zachary Stout, of the Chichester Neighbourhood Response Team, said: "The defendant was remorseful for her actions, which she regrets. Nevertheless, she is aware she should never have attempted to drive while intoxicated.

"It is a common misconception that you’re fine to drive after a few hours’ sleep – this very much depends on how much alcohol you have consumed and how much time you’ve given yourself before driving.

"Alcohol stays in your system for several hours after you’ve stopped drinking, and if you’re in any doubt, don’t drive at all.

"You could end up in a situation like this, or worse still, you could kill yourself or someone else."

Sussex Police are urging anyone with details of people they suspect of drink or drug-driving to let them know by texting officers on 65999 or visiting the force's Operation Crackdown website.

"You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or report it online," a police spokesman said.

"If you know someone is driving while over the limit or after taking drugs, call 999."