A peer's daughter who narrowly missed pedestrians as she smashed her Land Rover through a set of church gates and into two other cars in Malvern has been given a suspended jail sentence.
The Honourable Linda Granville, the daughter of the late Lord Granville of Eye, was also ordered to complete 100 hours of community service and given a three-year driving ban.
Judge Michael Cullum told the retired riding instructor that she had only avoided an immediate term of custody because no-one was seriously injured by her "self-obsessed" offending.
Granville, of Bronsil Drive, Malvern, was convicted at Worcester Crown Court last month of two counts of dangerous driving and one of causing criminal damage to the gates of Great Malvern Priory.
A five-day trial heard that the 61-year-old jumped a red light, smashed through the priory's gates, and crashed into a Peugeot and a Skoda on May 12 2009.
Passing sentence, Judge Cullum told Granville, who is now said to be of "very limited" means, that it was sad to see her before the court.
Explaining his reasons for suspending the 10-month custodial sentence for two years, Judge Cullum added: "The reality is that you drove for a relatively short period of time, but on two separate occasions, in a way where you did not care at all about others."
Criticising Granville for showing no regard for both road users and pedestrians, the judge continued: "You were, I find, totally self-obsessed.
"There was at least one woman carrying a small child who, on her evidence, was only a metre away from you. You were in your own world, it appears, at the time, having no regard to anybody else."
But the judge, who told the defendant that she had been convicted on overwhelming evidence, said he was able to suspend the prison sentence because there had been no serious injuries and the driving had been over a relatively short period of time.
Granville was also ordered to pay £250 towards the cost of her prosecution.
She told her trial that her Freelander went out of control when it suffered brake failure moments after a verger "slammed" the priory's gates into the vehicle.
But Judge Cullum described her defence as spurious and rejected any suggestion that she had been assaulted by a church official.