A CALL centre worker caught on camera towing a pal around a Sunderland supermarket car park as he clung to the back of her bumper, while sitting in a wheelchair, has been slammed for “a piece of stupidity”.
Maria Adams landed herself in court over the stunt, where she dragged the man around at speed while he held on to a towel which was attached to the back of her Nissan car.
The crazy prank was caught on CCTV at the Tesco store in Roker, just after midnight on January 10.
Footage played at Newcastle Crown Court showed the 20-year-old driving off with the man, who was using one of the store’s wheelchairs, in tow, clinging on, and her going back for him to grab on again when he accidentally let go.
Stunned shoppers looked on as they loaded bags into the back of their own cars.
Prosecutor Neil Pallister told the court: “She was towing a wheelchair, with a male sitting in it, around the car park. The wheelchair was one of Tesco’s, for use by customers.
“There was a piece of towel attached to the car, held by the man in the wheelchair as he was pulled along.
“The incident went on for about three or four minutes.
“Security guards feared for the safety of customers who were still frequenting the store and feared for the safety of the man in the wheelchair.
“He did not require a wheelchair – you see him get out and walk away unaided.”
Adams, of Toll Cottage, Whitburn, admitted dangerous driving and was sentenced to a community order for 12 months with a four-month night-time curfew, £1,369 costs and a two-year driving ban.
Judge Penny Moreland told her: “I have seen the CCTV footage of you driving a car in Tesco’s car park, towing around someone using a Tesco’s wheelchair.
“It is accurately categorised as a piece of stupidity.
“Risk was present to others using the car park.”
Graeme Cook, defending, said Adams had never been in trouble before the incident and appreciates what she did was dangerous.
Mr Cook added: “It was an act of stupidity really, that is what it boils down to.”