A Ramsgate teenager who deliberately drove at a man, throwing him onto the bonnet of the vehicle, has been sentenced to a year in a Young Offender Institution.
Kane Sampson,18, of Adelaide Gardens, admitted dangerous driving and driving while unfit through drugs. He was also banned from driving for two years when he was sentenced at Canterbury Crown Court on Friday 4 January.
Sampson pleaded guilty to aggravated vehicle taking, drug driving, two counts of dangerous driving and driving with no insurance or licence in Ramsgate in May 2018.
He was arrested by police after crashing a relative’s Suzuki car – which he had taken without permission – twice on the same night.
The first collision happened on the evening of Sunday 20 May, in Argyll Drive, Ramsgate, when the Suzuki hit a parked car.
Investigating officer PC Courtney Woodward said: “When the owner of the damaged vehicle tried to speak to Sampson he drove at him, throwing him on the bonnet and carrying him around 20ft down the road before he was thrown off.
“The victim suffered grazes, cuts and bruises and was lucky he wasn’t more seriously injured.”
Police were called and officers found the Suzuki in Ramsgate the early hours of Monday 21 May, but Sampson failed to stop the vehicle, driving through red lights and at excessive speeds before it collided with a parked car and a garden wall in London Road.
Sampson left the scene but was arrested shortly afterwards. During a police interview he admitted taking a small amount of speed and smoking cannabis before taking the Suzuki, although he claimed it hadn’t affected his driving ability.
He did admit he had driven dangerously, saying he panicked when he saw police.
Sampson must pass an extended driving test before he is allowed behind the wheel again.