A blind Romanian's decision to become a car thief was short-lived after he smashed into a tree and knocked himself out.

The man stole the car after a row with friends who told him he was useless because of his lack of sight, and so he set out to steal the car to prove he could do anything.

And police say that Alin Popescu, 24, from Izvoare on southwest Romania, almost succeeded.

He managed to break into the parked car without help, started the ignition using a screwdriver, and then drove off down a busy road before crashing half a mile later, local daily National reported.