Drink-driver blames toothache for being over the limit

Court news.
Court news.

A man wanting to cure a painful toothache drove after drinking to numb the pain and was caught by police after clipping another car.

Krzystof Gajdzis, 33, of Alcorn Green, Boston, appeared at Boston Magistrates Court on Wednesday, pleading guilty to driving on Eastwood Road, while above the legal limit.

Prosecutor Nick Todd said that at 9.30pm, on January 11, Gajdzis was stopped by a police officer following reports of a ‘road traffic accident’.

He blew positive on a roadside breath test and was arrested upon the arrival of officers with extra powers.

At Boston Station, he proceeded to give a result of 93 milligrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood (legal limit 80).

Defending, Neil Sands said Gajdzis had been suffering from toothache and having not had any ‘normal’ mouthwash, he had some whisky and fell asleep.

Mr Sands said: “When he woke up, his tooth hurt considerably but in terms of alcohol he felt fine.

“He decided to go to the nearest shop in order to buy some pain killers.”

However, on the way his wing mirror clipped another car and was seen by the officer who he stopped for.

Mr Sands said Gajdzis was in full-time employment and drove as part of his job. He said he had his fingers crossed he would be able to keep his job by finding someone else to drive.

Magistrates disqualified Gajdzis for 12 months and ordered him to pay a £220 fine, £85 costs and a £22 victim surcharge.