A NIGHT shift worker was caught drink driving after enjoying a nightcap when he got home from work.

Waldemar Bochnciewicz, 57, of Mayne Avenue, Hereford, admitted the offence when he appeared before magistrates on January 8.

Lesley Ashton, prosecuting, said police were alerted to reports that Bochnciewicz’s Volkswagen Passat crashed into a taxi parked on the roadside in Ash Avenue, Hereford at around 4.20pm on December 12.

Witnesses at the scene said they thought the driver was drunk, and Bochnciewicz was arrested after a breath test revealed he had 81 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35.

In interview, Bochnciewicz admitted he had drunk three vodka and cokes earlier that day.

Chris Read, for Bochnciewicz, said he had come home from a night shift that morning, and had a drink before going to bed.

“A friend then came to his home and asked him to loan him some money. He told him he had no money on him, and could not help him,” Mr Read said.

“His friend was awaiting an operation on his leg and has mobility problems, and feeling bad that he could not give him any money, he said he would take him home.

“It was several hours since he had a drink, he had slept and did not think it would be an issue.”

Bochnciewicz was disqualified from driving for 20 months, fined £350, and must also pay costs of £135 and a £35 victim surcharge.