A man who seriously injured a woman while drug-driving has claimed he was "in a rage" after breaking up with his girlfriend.

Terry Giles, 38, of Warfield Street, Bracknell, was jailed for two years and eight months after pleading guilty to a string of serious charges.

These included causing serious injury by dangerous driving, drunk-driving, drug-driving, failing to stop after a road accident, aggravated vehicle taking, driving without insurance and driving without a licence.

The court heard that, on June 16 last year, Giles took a van without the owner's consent.

In Broad Lane, Bracknell, he careened into the right side of the road and ran into a car.

The other vehicle was rammed against a fence.

Prosecuting barrister Alex Matthews said: "Police attended, but at that point the defendant had fled, having leaped out of the window of the van he was driving."

The other driver was hospitalised with serious injuries.

When later arrested, Giles attempted to blame the victim, claiming she had been driving on the wrong side of the road.

Only after being shown dashcam footage of the incident did he retract this story and take full responsibility for the collision.

The defendant was subject to tests, which found unlawful levels of cannabis and alcohol in his system.

David Parvin, defending Giles, said his client was not thinking straight when he got behind the wheel.

Mr Parvin stated: "He'd broken up with his girlfriend, and his girlfriend was one of the only people he had a close relationship with at that time.

"He was suffering from depression, which he'd been labouring under for some time - around ten years.

"That affected him day-to-day. His mood was up and down. He'd become angry very easily."

Giles claimed he could not remember the crash itself - but acknowledged he had been "in a rage" at the time following the break-up.

Recorder Daniel Edwards jailed Giles for two years and eight months.

In addition, he stripped him of his driving licence for four years and four months.

Should he ever wish to drive again, the defendant will have to take a special extended course.