Car washer totals classic Mercedes when he swerves to avoid mouse on joyride

A car washer assigned to give a classic Mercedes a super valet smashed it up after taking it for a 60-mile joyride.

Omid Abas, 41, caused thousands of pounds worth of damage after losing control of the rare 1992 550E trying to avoid a mouse that scampered across the road.

When owner Kevin Murphy, 77, returned to pick up the motor – one of only 29 imported to the UK – he found it virtually written off with one wheel nearly horizontal.

A police probe found Iranian-born Abas, who has not passed a UK driving test, had taken the car for a 90-minute round-trip from his workplace in Runcorn, Cheshire, to his home in Stockport, Greater Manchester. He crashed it on the return trip.

In a statement property landlord Kevin said the 30-year-old blue car, which only had 26,000 miles on the clock and was usually chauffeur driven, was a "cherished and prized possession".

Every serviced piece of work was always done on it by Mercedes and I devoted a lot of my effort to keeping the car in pristine condition,’’ he said.

"When I learned of the damage I was incredibly upset.

"While I do not feel vulnerable or intimidated as a result of this, I am now incredibly cautious about who I trust my vehicles with. I am worried that the car will be a write-off.’’

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Abas was given a 12-week jail sentence suspended for a year and ordered to perform 150 hours of unpaid work and pay £213 in costs plus a victim surcharge by Warrington JPs after admitting aggravated vehicle taking and driving without a licence or insurance.

Angela Blackmore, prosecuting, said Kevin had regularly dropped off his prized motor at the carwash where staff were barred from taking vehicles off the premises.

Abas was assigned to give it a £30 super valet’ but took it home.

A police report of the accident showed it skidded for 80 metres and mounted both pavements on either side of the road before crashing into a wall.

"The damage to the vehicle was significant. The near-side wheel arch was nearly horizontal with the ground,’’ the prosecutor said.

Abas was found lying beside the vehicle and was treated in an ambulance at the scene. He told police "a mouse ran on the road" and swerved to avoid it.

Philip Green, for Abas, said he had shown "genuine remorse" and remained "on good terms" with the victim.

District Judge Mark Hadfield told him: "Having taken the car unlawfully you lost control and crashed it causing what is clearly severe damage to the motor vehicle – a vehicle which was clearly cherished by its owner and probably has a value to him more than the vehicle's monetary value.’’

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