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Man convicted for causing damage to car

Samuel Hodges was sentenced on 9 January 2018 at West Kent Magistrates’ Court.
He pleaded guilty to unlawfully taking a car and causing damage to it, drink driving, and driving while disqualified and without insurance. He was convicted of the offences by magistrates.
On 22 December 2017 the 22-year-old, of The Street, Maidstone, unlawfully took a car from Kings Hill and caused less than £5,000 of damage to it.
On the same day, he drove on the A228 Kings Hill with 90 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath.
For breath tests the legal limit is 35 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath.
He also drove whilst disqualified and without third party insurance.
Magistrates handed Hodges a suspended sentence totalling 10 weeks and disaqualified him from driving for a total of 48 months.
The ban will be reduced if he satisfactorily completes a driving course approved by the Secretary of State.
The course will not exceed £250.
He was also ordered to pay £85 in costs and £115 to fund victim services.

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