Event rider and manager of Tweseldown racecourse Brynley Powell has been found guilty of dangerous driving.

Winchester Crown Court heard on Wednesday 8 April how Mr Powell had been “driving like a lunatic” before crashing his mother’s Mercedes into a brick wall in Crondell, Hampshire last year.

Mr Powell had been having a pizza with a friend in Hungerford on 30 March 2008 before driving home.

Police said they saw Mr Powell’s car coming off the A287 Odiham roundabout at about 11.40pm. They chased his car — which was speeding up to 115mph. After he crashed police found the car empty and at 4.05am Mr Powell reported his car as stolen from a layby on the A287.

He told them he had been hit round head and his car keys had been taken when he got out to ‘spend a penny’.

But on a trip to Mr Powell’s home in Ewshot he was found to have cuts on his arms hand, knees and legs, as well as bruising to chest where seat belt would have been. Fibres from his jumper were also found on the car’s airbag.

Judge Andre Barnett said: “You have been convicted and in my view quite rightly, on strong evidence that it was you who was driving like a lunaic along the roads through Odiham and Farnham.”

The case has been adjourned until 8 May and Mr Powell is banned from driving until then.

Mr Powell declined to comment to H&H.