Daniel Blake appeared in court after he attempted to flee from officers on foot in icy conditions on December 16.

They had followed his vehicle, a Vauxhall Vectra, which was seen driving erratically and in excess of the 30mph limit in Eastbourne.

He refused to provide a breath sample.

At Brighton Magistrates’ Court the 35-year-old roofer, of Weavers Close, Eastbourne, admitted failing to provide a specimen of breath for analysis.

He was disqualified for one year, with a £750 fine, £85 costs and a £300 surcharge.