A motorist who got behind the wheel while disqualified from driving was caught out by police after they noticed a brake light on the car was broken.
Adam Rimmer, of Eastbourne Road, Lower Willingdon, was followed by police along Lottbridge Drove after they noticed the fault.
Eastbourne magistrates heard the 43-year-old dropped a passenger off in Percival Road and when police went to tell him about the rear light they could smell alcohol on his breath. He told them he had been drinking but it was ages ago. However, police asked for him for a roadside breath test after he appeared to sway. Despite several attempts to take a specimen of breath the procedure was unsuccessful and magistrates heard at the police station he refused to take part in a breath test.
The court heard that checks showed he had been disqualified in July last year for drink driving and that he had got behind the wheel weeks before his ban was due to finish. He pleaded guilty to driving while disqualified and failing to provide a specimen of breath for analysis.
A report by probation explained Rimmer has mental health issues and that he had self-harmed the previous week. They added he had been to see his GP and Health in Mind.
Jay Shah, defending, adding, “Mr Rimmer was under the impression he was not disqualified from driving. He was registered on its policy. He showed extreme remorse in interview and realised the stupidity of his error.
“He claims he did provide attempts at the roadside breath test but did not do the same later on.”
Rimmer was disqualified from driving for three years and given a conditional discharge for the same period. He must also pay £85 costs and a £20 victim surcharge.