Ban avoided with 12 points

Kent Messenger Maidstone - - NEWS -

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.

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