Driver tries a shortcut and gets wedged on stairs

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A driver in St Austell was trying to make his way around road closures, when he ended up driving down an alleyway, and was faced with a set of steps. The steps looked wide enough to squeeze his Citroen Xsara Picasso down, but his people carrier turned out to be no match for the steps.

So is this the most embarrassing decision a driver has ever made?


The Metro reported that the driver had been given advice from a police community support officer about the best route around the cables which were obstructing the road he wanted to go down.

However, he decided to try an alternative - which ended up with him being winched off the steps by the fire brigade. This is Cornwall reported that fortunately the firefighters were already in the area trying to deal with the cables that caused the problem in the first place.

Most embarrassing?

It's embarrassing, but is this the most humiliating decision a driver has made recently?

It may be three years ago, but it's unlikely that Maria Rizzo, will forget her sightseeing error. The 34-year-old driver parked her red Fiat Panda on a street overlooking Alassio in Italy, so she could get out and admire the view. Unfortunately she forgot to put the handbrake on, her car went through the crash barrier, off the edge of the road, and through the roof of a house below. Luckily no-one was hurt.

In the same year Jorge Melendez, an unfortunate driver in Lancaster Pennsylvania, drove into his own garage, and straight through the back wall of his house. He waked away unharmed.

2011 saw possibly the most expensive entanglement, when a woman crashed her £250,000 Bentley outside the Place du Casino in Monaco. First she scraped the side of a £75,000 Mercedes S Class, then she hit a £140,000 Ferrari, a £140,000 Aston Martin and an £80,000 Porsche.

Earlier this year we reported on the car mechanic in Staveley, Cumbria, who took a £220,000 Lamborghini for a drive when he was supposed to be conducting an MOT brake test, skidded on the wet road, clipped the kerb, spun, and crashed into a Ford Focus - writing off both cars.

And just a few weeks ago an 82-year-old tractor driver in Rothenbuch, Germany, was transporting a bale of hay through town when he misjudged how far away a car was parked - and drove over it (pictured).