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Man banned from driving after crashing into bridge near The Bell in Deeping St James

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A drink-driver who crashed into a historic bridge has been banned from the roads.

Andrzej Gumulak, who was more than twice the legal limit, failed to attend court last month over the matter.

The 36-year-old was then arrested and appeared at Peterborough Magistrates’ Court on Monday via video link from Thorpe Wood police station.

Peterborough Magistrates' Court
Peterborough Magistrates' Court

Gumulak pleaded guilty to drink-driving in a Nissan Micra in Bridge Street, Deeping St James, on October 27, and failing to surrender to bail on November 17.

Prosecutor Paul Brown said: “Police were called out to a collision which occurred outside The Bell public house at 11.45pm.

“It was at a bridge that has a series of bollards to restrict the width of the road.”

Gumulak’s eyes were glazed and his speech slurred, said Mr Brown.

The defendant failed a roadside breath test and later blew 83 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35.

“It was seven-and-a-half miles from where he started to where he crashed his car,” Mr Brown added.

Kashif Khan, mitigating, said his client had not attended the first court hearing, hoping the matter would “just go away”.

“He accepts that this cannot just go away and he has to face up to what happened.

“He’s been diagnosed with quite severe depression and anxiety in the last month-and-a-half,” Mr Khan added.

Gumulak, of Harrison Court, Peterborough, was disqualified from driving for 20 months, which can be reduced with completion of a drink-driver rehabilitation course.

He was also fined £300 and a further £100 for the bail offence.

An order was made for payment of £105 costs and £34 victim surcharge.

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