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BAD TASTE FOR DRIVER.

A driver who was over the limit but escaped a ban because he was addicted to mouthwash could still lose his licence.

Robert Jowle, a member of Alcoholics Anonymous, pleaded guilty to a drink- drive charge but said he had become addicted to Listerine, unaware that it contained alcohol.

Last November, he was fined pounds 500 at a magistrates court in Staffordshire and got nine penalty points - but escaped the mandatory ban because he claimed he didn't know there was alcohol in the mouthwash.

But yesterday the Crown Prosecution Service won permission from two High Court judges to appeal against the no-ban decision.

The CPS claims Jowle could not have failed to realise that Listerine contained alcohol "in view of his familiarity with its effects".

He was well over the legal limit when caught on a road in Shenstone, Staffordshire.
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