Policeman’s daughter crashed father’s London taxi in drunken rampage

Policeman’s daughter, 23, who crashed her father’s vintage London taxi during drunken joyride SOBS ‘my father will never forgive me’ as she’s banned from the roads for two years

  • Emma Whelan stole the keys to her father’s ‘priceless’ vintage London cab 
  • She was nearly three times over the legal drink-drive limit on August 21 
  • Whelan crashed vehicle near her home in Balham and was spared jail today  

Emma Whelan (pictured outside court today), 23, stole the keys to her father’s ‘priceless’ blue taxi on August 21 this year before crashing it into another vehicle 

A policeman’s daughter who stole her father’s vintage London taxi to go on a drunken rampage has been banned from driving.

Emma Whelan, 23, stole the keys to her father’s ‘priceless’ blue taxi on August 21 this year.

Nearly three times over the legal drink-drive limit, she crashed the vehicle into another car near her home in Balham, south London. 

Police were scrambled to the scene where they breathalyzed her and found she had 101 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35mgs.

Whelan sobbed as she told Camberwell Magistrates Court today: ‘My father will never forgive me.

‘I know it’s just a car, but it was priceless to him. I will never forgive myself.’

District Judge Karim Azzat said to her: ‘You were nearly three times over the legal drinking limit. I hope this serves as a severe wake-up call.’

The 23-year-old, who represented herself, claimed the stress of taking care of her sick aunt had sent her into a depressive rage.

She said: ‘I was just so angry. I was dealing with a lot of mental health problems and depression. I realise I now have to say when I’m not okay.’

Wiping away tears, she added: ‘I’ve been in contact with the person whose car was affected and I’ve apologised.

‘I’m so thankful I didn’t hurt somebody. I’m not like that. I am the daughter of a police officer.

‘I’m sorry to anyone I’ve hurt. I’m sorry to the community. I’ve let everyone down. I think it became too much and I deserve to be punished.’ 

District Judge Azzat added: ‘You must now deal with the loss of your good character.

‘Time is a good healer. Do not presume the extent to which a father can forgive a daughter for her mistake.’.

Whelan was ordered to complete 100 unpaid hours of community service in a year.

She was also banned from driving for two years, and was warned that if she gets behind the wheel of a car before her ban is up, she will go to prison for 12 weeks.

Whelan sobbed as she told Camberwell Magistrates Court (file image used) today: ‘My father will never forgive me.’

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