Guilty plea from former show boss

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THE former director of the Suffolk Show has pleaded guilty to dangerous driving after a five-mile police pursuit and a crash which left a carer hospitalised.

Peter Over, 48, of Elmswell Hall Farm, Elmswell, appeared at Bury St Edmunds Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday to face charges of driving a motor vehicle dangerously in Wetherden.

Sarah-Jane Atkins, prosecuting, told the court how Over had fled from an unmarked police car after leaving the car park of the Bear Inn, in Beyton, on March 25.

Pc Andrew Sedgwick said in a statement that he had spotted Over’s Toyota Land Cruiser being driven erratically having left the pub.

After seeing Over mount several grass verges, Pc Sedgwick sounded his siren and turned on the car’s blue flashing lights.

After a five-mile pursuit which snaked through Tostock towards Elmswell and moved on to the A14, Over hit a Mazda in Wetherden being driven by Lucy Woodley.

Ms Woodley suffered a broken right arm, suspected broken ribs and pain in her ankle. There were also concerns she had suffered internal injuries.

As a result, Ms Woodley was forced to take a minimum of six weeks time off from her work as a carer looking after people with severe disabilities.

Her car, which she paid £12,500 for in 2007, was written off after fire crews were forced to cut her out to avoid further spinal injuries.

In a statement to police, Ms Woodley said she had seen the unmarked car’s lights just before Over’s Land Cruiser had collided with her car.

Pc Sedgwick also stated that Over had travelled at 60mph in a 30mph zone and at 80 in a 60.

A breath test showed that Over had 34 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath – just under the legal limit.

Over will return to court on May 24 for sentencing.