Ban avoided with 12 points
A window cleaner has avoided losing his driving licence despite reaching 12 points after admitting being behind the wheel in a car with defective steering.
Simon Jeffrey, 38, of Woodcut in Penenden Heath, was approached by police after shunting their vehicle on the Tonbridge Road.
Officers noticed the 38-yearold’s pupils were dilated and discovered codeine and diazepam in his system, both of which were prescribed. They also found the fault on his Audi A4.
Jeffrey was initially charged with using a car with defective steering and driving while unfit through drugs, but the latter charge was dropped.
He escaped an automatic ban when Maidstone magistrates heard he had two dependant children and an employee who relied on him for travel to and from work.
Instead, Jeffrey was ordered to pay a £100 fine, £85 costs, and a £30 victim surcharge.