A MAN caught drink-driving instead of walking the 400 yards to his home has been sentenced.

Arthur Wild was seen getting into his van near a social club in Goring after going for a drink after work at 7.30pm.

But the 64-year-old, who drove the short distance to his home, was stopped by police 20 minutes later.

He was slurring his words and told officers he had only drunk two pints of beer. But after his arrest, he was found to be over the drink-drive limit.

At Worthing Magistrates’ Court, Wild admitted drink-driving despite living a five-minute walk away from the social club.

He was banned from driving for a year for the offence, which happend on July 5, and ordered to pay a £120 fine, £85 court costs and a £48 victim surcharge.

Police Constable Mark Gregory, from Sussex Police's Roads Policing Unit (RPU), said Wild thought he would get away with driving the short distance.

“Drink-driving is one of the fatal five reasons why people are killed or seriously injured on our roads,” he said.

“Wild lived just 400 yards away from the social club he attended for drinks after work, and obviously thought he would get away with driving the short distance rather than simply walking home.

“This case demonstrates that there is no excuse for drink or drug-driving and shows we are determined to catch offenders.

“Wild put himself and other road users at risk. He could have walked home, or he could have parked at home and walked to the social club. His poor decision has cost him his licence.”