Man who became human fireball refused driving test as scars didnt match ID

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A former scaffolder who was left disfigured after turning into a human fireball says he was refused to sit his driving theory test as he “didn’t match his ID”.

Middlesbrough man Darren Harris, 29, was electrocuted by 11,000 volts in November 2020 after stumbling across an old switchboard and electric mains, which was still live.

The accident caused him to spend 27 days in a coma, while he suffered third-degree burns across 47% of his body, which resulted in him losing his nose and ears, reports The Mirror.

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CAPTION 1: Darren Harris suffered third-degree burns to 47% of his body

He has undergone multiple surgeries and skin grafts since and survived against all the odds.

But Darren said he experienced “disgusting discrimination” after being told he couldn’t sit his rest because he didn’t look like his photo, which was taken before the accident.

He claims a manager asked him to remove his hat – which he now always wears – and refused to let him take the examination at Northallerton B test centre, which would have been his third attempt.

He told the Mirror: “I came away absolutely distraught with a big lump in my throat. I was crying my heart out.

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“He said ‘it’s not my problem, you shouldn’t have changed your appearance, you didn’t change your identification’.

“I said I wasn’t ready to change my identification yet because I’m still coming to terms with my new appearance, but he was being really awkward with me – I feel like I’ve been discriminated against to the highest level.”

He said another man at the test centre tried to come to his rescue, but the manager was not for budging.

Darren added: “I said to him you can’t expect me to sit in there with my bare head on display.

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“I’ve had a major trauma. He said ‘its not my problem mate you won’t be doing your test then’. He had no sympathy or remorse.”

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency told the Mirror it was investigating the incident and apologised for the “distress caused”.

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