South Yorkshire son stole and crashed dad’s car after pursuit

Have your say

A MAN who stole his dad’s car and went joyriding through Sheffield in it in the early hours crashed the vehicle and saw it go up in flames, a court heard.

Lee Duroe, of White Hall Lane, Brinsworth, Rotherham, was followed by police officers as he drove the Chevrolet car, once losing the officers and twice driving on the wrong side of the road with his younger sister in the passenger seat.

The 23-year-old drove along Sheffield’s Jordanthorpe Parkway, Little Norton Lane and the Bochum Parkway before speeding down Meadowhead and crashing at the entrance to Morrisons supermarket.

Duroe and his 16-year-old sister had to be pulled from the car, a Motability vehicle designed for disabled drivers.

He told police: “It’s my dad’s car, he doesn’t know it has been taken.”

Duroe said he had taken the keys without his dad’s knowledge and estimated his speed on Meadowhead was 40-45mph before he crashed.

He also admitted he had been drinking, but when he was breath-tested he was not over the limit.

Sheffield Crown Court heard his father was awoken at 2am to discover the car gone after receiving a call from a hospital.

Duroe admitted aggravated vehicle taking and having no insurance on July 19.

Timothy Bubb, representing the joyrider, said Duroe and his sister escaped unharmed from the incident, but he recognised that he had put others at risk.

Mr Bubb said: “He has had a difficult time with his father but feels very guilty.

“He has deprived him of the Motability vehicle for some time. After these proceedings his father can apply for a further Motability vehicle and be back on the road.”

Sentencing, Mr Recorder Tim Gittins told Duroe he was surprised he was not over the drink-drive limit when he was breathalysed.

Mr Gittins said: “Given what you admitted to the probation service and the manner of your driving it is not that of a sober person.

“The incident could have been fatal for you and more importantly for your passenger, your younger sister.”

Duroe was given a three month jail term, suspended for 12 months. He was also ordered to carry out 150 hours of unpaid community work, banned from driving for a year and told to pay £300 costs.