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Teenager admits dangerous driving

PUBLISHED: 09:55 02 April 2008 | UPDATED: 20:01 05 July 2010

A millionaire businessman has told how he could have been killed when a teenage motorist drove with him on his car's bonnet for several feet.

Mervyn Lambert suffered extensive cuts and bruises when he was hit by a car being driven by 18-year-old Scott Manning along the new relief road in Lowestoft.

A millionaire businessman has told how he could have been killed when a teenage motorist drove with him on his car's bonnet for several feet.

Mervyn Lambert suffered extensive cuts and bruises when he was hit by a car being driven by 18-year-old Scott Manning along the new relief road in Lowestoft.

Yesterday, Manning was told he had narrowly escaped being sent into custody when he appeared for sentencing at Ipswich Crown Court.

Manning, of Ryedale, Carlton Colville, had only been driving for a month when he hit the back of Mr Lambert's Mercedes car on August 27 at a roundabout, the court was told.

Mr Lambert, who owns the successful Mervyn Lambert Plant Hire company in Garboldisham, near Diss, got out to take a photograph, but was horrified to see Manning driving towards him, said Michael Crimp, prosecuting.

The bumper of the Fiat hit Mr Lambert's legs and he ended up on the bonnet of the car with his arms outstretched. Manning then drove around the roundabout, causing Mr Lambert to be thrown off the bonnet. He landed on the carriageway. Manning then drove away from the scene.

Manning admitted dangerous driving and was given nine months' detention in a young offenders' institution, suspended for 12 months, and ordered to do 300 hours unpaid work in the community. He was also banned from driving for two years, ordered to take an extending driving retest and told to pay £500 costs.

Speaking after the case, Mr Lambert said: “If I had slipped under the car I would have been killed.”

Mr Lambert is well-known for his campaigns to keep the Seahenge timber circle in Norfolk and to stop Waveney District Council selling the North Denes caravan park in Lowestoft.

Sentencing Manning, Recorder Martyn Levett said: “It was to say the least a disgraceful piece of dangerous driving aggravated by the fact that it caused injury and you failed to stop.”

Stephen Spence, for Manning, said his client was hoping to have a career in the Royal Marines. He regretted his behaviour.

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