Sheffield drink-driver's car park shunt leaves three vehicles damaged

A drink-driver who took his partner’s car without permission ended-up shunting two other parked vehicles.

Monday, 9th December 2019, 4:00 pm

Aleem Epworth, 24, of MacKenzie Street, Sharrow, had been manoeuvring the Peugeot 207 at a car park, near Adelaide Lane, Sheffield, when he collided with two parked vehicles, according to a Sheffield Magistrates’ Court hearing.

Kirsty Pearson, prosecuting, told the hearing on December 5: “The defendant took his friend’s car without permission and shunted it backwards and forwards in a car park and caused considerable damage to two other vehicles and the vehicle he was driving.”

Epworth, who has no previous convictions, told police he had gone for a cigarette and had taken his partner’s car in a moment of madness.

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A drink-driver has appeared at Sheffield Magistrates' Court after he collided with two parked cars.

He pleaded guilty to taking a vehicle without the owner’s consent and damaging it, drink-driving and driving without insurance and without a licence after the incident on November 21.

Matt Hague, defending, said Epworth lost his job and has only been able to find zero-hours contract work so his alcohol intake has increased and his life has spiralled out of control.

Mr Hague said: “This was shunting in a car park. It is not driving in a road. It was moving backwards and forwards in a car park and the risk to persons was less than it would ordinarily have been.”

Magistrates sentenced Epworth to a 12 month community order with a Rehabilitation Activity Requirement and 120 hours of unpaid work.

Epworth was banned from driving for 18 months and must pay £85 costs and a £90 victim surcharge.