Former magistrate guilty of dangerous driving after coffee shop smash

A former magistrate has been found guilty of dangerous driving after he smashed his car into the front of a busy coffee shop.

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Man who smashed car into coffee shop found guilty

A former magistrate from Warwickshire, who smashed his car into the front of a coffee shop leaving several people seriously injured, has been found guilty of dangerous driving.

Alan Marks, from Shottery in Stratford-upon-Avon, claimed the crash was caused by a mechanical fault.

But Birmingham Crown Court heard during the trial that the 65-year-old mistakenly pressed the car's accelerator rather than the brake, and failed to control the Volkswagon Touran as it careered into a pedestrianised street.

The crash at the Costa Coffee in Henley Street left a shopper with a traumatic brain injury and another victim with multiple fractures.

Marks was given a two-year conditional discharge and ordered to pay £1,200 in costs, after the jury took two hours to consider its verdict.

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