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Teacher 'upset' at 120mph claim

A head teacher has told a court he "refuted" claims he had been travelling at 120mph shortly before a crash which left another driver in a wheelchair. Paul Davies, 51, from Hirwaun, told Merthyr Crown Court the claim regarding his speed had "angered and upset him".

On Wednesday, he told the jury how he "refuted" earlier claims by a witness he had been travelling at 120mph as he overtook a car moments before the collision. He told the court how he was driving at 60mph and blamed large amounts of rainwater on the carriageway for the reason he lost control of the car.

He told the court how he had never driven at more than 80mph in his...

...two-litre Subaru Impreza STI. (Very, very quick - Insurance Group 20, say no more)

Hold Up! He's been driving for 35 years, he's driving at 60 and he loses control of a 4-wheel drive Subaru renowned for its  superb handling and roadholding?!

Guilty or not, get that man off the bloody road.

UPDATE: 10/05/07 - GUILTY!

Paul Davies, 51, head of Cwmdare Primary School, who collided with a car driven by Kelvin Palmer in May 2006 on the A465 Heads of the Valleys Road, leaving him in a wheelchair was found guilty of dangerous driving at his trial at Merthyr Tydfil Crown Court and will be sentenced in three weeks. He was given an immediate driving ban by the judge.

Bernard Powell, defending, read character references from Davies' friends and colleagues to the court. Alan Maddox, chairman of the governing body at Cwmdare Primary School, described him as "honest, trustworthy and helpful", while Tony Ashton, whose children are taught at the school, said Davies was "a man of unimpeachable good character".

The jury, however, thought he was a liar.