A SOUTHAMPTON man who took a car without the consent of the owner and then failed to provide police a breath specimen has been banned from the road for more than two years.

On June 26, 2020, Constantin Nichita took a Mercedes E Class in Southampton without the consent of the owner for his own use.

The following day, the 36-year-old was apprehended by police in Gloucester where he failed to provide a specimen of breath to determine whether he had committed a driving offence.

He was convicted of the crimes at Gloucestershire Magistrates' Courts on October 4 this year.

Appearing at Southampton Magistrates' Court on November 12, he pleaded guilty to one count of taking a vehicle without the consent of the owner and one count of failing to provide officers with a specimen of breath.

Nichita, of St Mary's Street, Southampton, was disqualified from driving for 29 months and was ordered to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work.

He was also ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £95 and court costs of £85.