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Lucerne Street, Maidstone crash driver Bradley Holloway appears at Maidstone Magistrates Court

By Natalie Tipping

A bar manager has admitted drink-driving after crashing his car into his friend's house.

Bradley Holloway ploughed his Fiat Punto into the front of the building in Maidstone on Thursday, January 12.

The 22-year-old appeared sheepish in the dock at Maidstone Magistrates Court this morning as he pleaded guilty to the drink-driving charge.

Bradley Holloway leaves court.
Bradley Holloway leaves court.

The court heard how Mr Holloway was arrested at the scene and taken to the police station to undergo a breath test.

The proportion of alcohol in his breath was found to be 66 micrograms in 100ml of breath. This is almost twice the legal limit of 35 micrograms.

The Avington Close resident admitted to police that he had drunk three pints of beer before getting behind the wheel.

Mr Holloway crashed his car into a house in Lucerne Street, Maidstone.
Mr Holloway crashed his car into a house in Lucerne Street, Maidstone.

He was driving to Lucerne Street to pick up a friend from their house.

It was then that the accident happened.

His defence lawyer described how the 22-year-old had tried to brake after coming into difficulty due to the heavy snow on the road, but had lost control of the car.

He also told police he had never driven in such conditions before.

Bradley Holloway leaves court.
Bradley Holloway leaves court.

Magistrates were also told that Mr Holloway had no previous convictions, with his solicitor describing the incident as "out of character".

He has contacted his insurance to pay for the damage caused to the mid-terrace property.

Sentencing him, magistrates said his actions that night had been "very foolish".

He was disqualified from driving for 18 months, and ordered to pay a £130 fine, £85 costs, and a victim surcharge of £30.

His ban could be reduced by 25% if he satisfactorily completes a drink driving course.

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