A FORMER magistrate's wife has pleaded guilty to driving without due care and attention after colliding with another car near South Molton.
Ann Olver, 76, of Middle Down in Meshaw, attempted to overtake a lorry while driving on Alswear road on January 30.
The court heard there was spray on the road while Olver was doing the manoeuvre and she drove directly into an oncoming car.
Lyndsey Baker, for the prosecution, said: "Her car spun out of control and hit the lorry. As a result one vehicle was pushed off the road and both drivers sustained injuries.
"Mrs Olver said she was following the lorry and went to overtake and it was shrouded in spray. She braked but could not avoid the incident.
"This was a single manoeuvre and a deliberate action to overtake when it was inappropriate. Injuries were caused and it could have been fatal."
Mrs Olver was also charged with driving a motor vehicle dangerously, to which she pleaded not guilty.
Lawrence Overend, for the defence, said: "Mrs Olver indicated a guilty plea to careless driving. There is no dispute her driving fell below the standard expected of a competent driver.
"The debate is whether it fell far below. She says given the road conditions and the nature of the road it was not dangerous.
"The central debate is to what extent was her visibility obstructed by spray."
A trial was set for the second charge to be decided on October 7.