Driver jailed for taking family to Asda in used ambulance with lights flashing

An “idiotic” driver has been jailed for taking a family to Asda in a second-hand ambulance that had its emergency lights flashing.

Blessing Mukaukirwa, 32, was caught driving the previously used emergency vehicle into the supermarket’s car park in Harpurhey, Manchester, at about 10pm on Wednesday.

Greater Manchester Police (GMP) said he was disqualified from driving and the ambulance’s blue lights were flashing when it pulled in.

Officers watched as Mukaukirwa and a family climbed out of the vehicle and walked into the supermarket to do their shopping.

Officers then saw leave the vehicle with a family before they went into the supermarket to do their shopping.

Police tracked them down and discovered that Mukaukirwa was banned from driving and also wanted to be be dealt with at court.

Mukaukirwa, of no fixed address, was arrested and appeared at Manchester Magristrates’ Court on Thursday.

Police charged him with driving while disqualified, driving without a licence, driving without insurance, using a vehicle with unauthorised blue lights and failing to appear in court.

He was jailed for 32 weeks.

After the hearing, Harpurhey councillor Pat Karney blasted Mukaukirwa for his “shameful and idiotic behaviour”.

He said: “This story has gone around the world and has thrashed the good name of Harpurhey.

“Everyone I have spoken to locally has condemned this shameful and idiotic behaviour.

“I will be talking to the head of the ambulance service to prevent this ever happening again.”

GMP shared a photo of a police car parked behind the ambulance in the Asda car park.

The force tweeted: “This Ambulance was reportedly carrying a family when it arrived at Asda Harpurhey with blue lights flashing.

“Occupants promptly went inside to do their shopping.

“Our divisional colleagues tracked them down and the driver was found to be disqualified and also wanted by the court.”