A jump jockey, who reversed his car into his girlfriend after a row, has been jailed for two years.
Dean Coleman, of Bridgend, South Wales, was on bail when he injured Hannah Rogers.
He admitted causing actual bodily harm, attempting to pervert the course of justice, threats to cause damage, intimidation and two charges of dangerous driving.
Cardiff Crown Court heard on Tuesday (18 September) that 24-year-old Coleman had been drinking and taking drugs when he drove his BMW into Miss Rogers.
The pair had argued earlier in the day and Coleman had driven into the rear of his girlfriend’s car at traffic lights.
She got into his car with him and he drove to a local beauty spot where they argued again and the girl tried to run off.
Coleman reversed his car into Miss Rogers, knocking her down. He then apologised and took her hospital, where she remained for two weeks with a spinal injury.
He visited her in hospital and sent her texts, begging her not to tell the police what had happened.
The jockey rode in 248 races, winning 25. His licence has now been cancelled.
In a letter that he read to the court, Coleman said: “I would never intentionally hurt Hannah.
“I got myself in with the wrong crowd and was surrounded by alcohol and drugs like cocaine and Valium and I will never go down that road again.
“I will prove to my friends and family that I have a bright future ahead of me and I will not let them down.”