A peer's daughter who smashed her Land Rover through church gates in Worcestershire while speeding through a spa town in a "blind fury" has been convicted of dangerous driving.
The Honourable Linda Granville, the daughter of the late Lord Granville of Eye, was also convicted of causing criminal damage to the gates of Great Malvern Priory by a jury at Worcester Crown Court.
A five-day trial heard that the 61-year-old jumped a red light, narrowly missed pedestrians and crashed into two other cars in Malvernon May 12, 2009.
Granville, of Bronsil Drive, Malvern, claimed her Freelander became out of control when it suffered brake failure moments after a verger "slammed" the priory's gates into the vehicle.
But the jury rejected Granville's defence and accepted the Crown's case that she deliberately crashed through the gates, moments after dropping off a folder for a priest at the church.
Judge Michael Cullum adjourned sentencing on Granville until October pending a pre-sentence report.
The court heard from eyewitnesses that in the first smash, Granville - who has a previous conviction for criminal damage after crashing her Land Rover into a gate-post at a livery yard in 2008 - cut across and clipped a Skoda Octavia near Malvern's fire station before speeding away.
She was then seen driving erratically and sounding her horn continuously as she pulled into the priory, prompting a concerned window cleaner to close the gates of the church and another witness to contact the police.
Granville smashed through the gates - causing £1,500 of damage - and careered into a stationary Peugeot, pushing the smaller vehicle into a hedge.
The court heard that a mother holding her three-year-old daughter was standing only a metre away from the gates at the time of the impact with the gates and another pedestrian was just four metres away from the Peugeot as it mounted a pavement.