Disabled man who crashed car and blamed youths caught by own tracks

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A disabled man from Rotherham has been sentenced after drunkenly crashing his car and blaming it on a gang of local youths.

Neil Pearce, 32, was eventually caught by police who discovered wheelchair tracks leading away from the crash site and his DNA on the driver's airbag.

Prosecutor Carl Fitch told Sheffield Crown Court that Pearce and his passengers, Sam Marshall and Andrew Watts, had been drinking in The Brush and Easel pub in Flanderwell, Rotherham, on the night of the collision in June last year.

Police received reports in the early hours of the morning that a black VW had crashed into a garden wall in Northfield Lane, Wickersley.

The police then received a further three calls from Pearce who said that his car had been stolen, but when officers arrived at the scene, they found a cushion and a driver's aid attached to the driver's seat as well as wheelchair tracks leading away from the car.

All three men were subsequently arrested and Pearce failed a breath test.

According to The Daily Mail, prosecutor Carl Fitch told Sheffield Crown Court that, "Police found nothing to indicate the car had been stolen, and saw tracks from a wheelchair leading from the driver's side of the vehicle".

The Sun reported that Pearce, of Rotherham, admitted drink-driving and perverting the course of justice, as well as a charge of affray for a previous brawl that saw knives brandished in public. He was handed a suspended jail sentence at Sheffield Crown Court.

Passenger Marshall, of Wickersley, admitted perverting the course of justice, affray and possessing a blade in public, and was sent to a young offenders institution for eight months.

Andrew Watts, also of Wickersley, admitted perverting the course of justice and was given six months' jail suspended for 12 months, 12 months' supervision and 100 hours unpaid work.