NOTORIOUS DANGEROUS DRIVER AVOIDS PRISON BUT IS BANNED FROM THE ROADS YET AGAIN

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A notorious dangerous driver has escaped being sent to prison but has been banned from the roads once again after his latest Police pursuits in Ryde and Newport.

26-year-old Joseph Barrass – better known as Joey Baker or Jack Baker – has received a 16-month prison sentence, suspended for 2 years, after admitting a string of driving offences including dangerous driving, 3 counts of driving whilst disqualified and driving without insurance.

The first incident occurred on 20th July last year when officers pursued a Vauxhall Astra along Ashey Road in Ryde. The vehicle then dived up Smallbrook Lane and along High Park Road. A witness at the time described seeing a blue Astra then coming ‘sideways’ out of Somerset Road as the vehicle joined Marlborough Road. The car was soon found abandoned in nearby Amherst Mews, off Amherst Place.

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On 22nd August, Barrass – who is known to use other aliases – was once again seen behind the wheel of a car whilst already serving a 43-month driving ban. Police spotted him driving a Ford Focus on Godric Road, Newport. He began to drive dangerously, an offence which he has admitted.

The Isle of Wight Crown Court also heard last week that officers spotted Joe driving a Ford Focus in Shanklin and a pursuit began towards the village of Godshill. Barrass hit one of the Police vehicles in an attempt to escape after being blocked in. He soon took to his feet having abandoned the vehicle, but he was later arrested.

Barrass, of Brickfield Close in Newport, has featured on Island Echo many times over the years for his long list of driving offences, including no less than 5 pursuits since 2018 alone. His record of driving offences goes back some 11 years.

In August 2019, Joe was sentenced to 14 months in prison and given a 3 year 7 month driving ban for a pursuit near Ryde on 4th July 2019. In August 2018, he was jailed for 11 months and banned for almost 2-and-a-half years following pursuits on 17th June 2018 and 15th July 2018.

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Barrass accepts that his driving is criminal, but argues whether it is dangerous. Previously, Joe said he committed crimes to show he could do anything an able-bodied person could do having been born with just 1 arm.

Judge Melville sentenced him to a total of 16 months in prison, suspended for 2 years, and handed down a 3-year driving ban with extended re-test. Barrass must also remain at his residence between 21:00 and 06:00 for a period of 3 months, complete 30 rehabilitation days and 80 hours of unpaid work, as well as paying a £156 surcharge. He must also complete 30 rehabilitation days.

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The Equaliser
The Equaliser
2 months ago

Ridiculous sentence!

Indy Island
Indy Island
Reply to  The Equaliser
1 month ago

Bring back town square stocks and public birching!

Truth 1
Truth 1
2 months ago

Wonder how long it will be before he’s caught driving again he obviously doesn’t care what the court gives him. He probably just looks at it as 1 big game

TINA
TINA
2 months ago

This is stupid.. people like this are a danger to everyone. Think of when lockdown ends kids are back at school and a banned driver gets another cheap motor to drive..

Bumblebee
Bumblebee
2 months ago

Why the magistrates don’t give him an actual prison sentence to be served Now, then after a couple of years confinement he might appreciate his freedom. All he is doing is making a mockery of the legal system. While he is playing chase with the Police he could actually kill someone, then what will his excuse be??

Level Phil
Level Phil
2 months ago

I don’t really see how handing someone a driving ban because they failed to comply with an earlier driving ban is going to be much of a deterrent.

Kenneth higham
Kenneth higham
2 months ago

Come where is the LAW when its needed, Next time and there Will Be A Next Time , whose he going to Kill. Think of that Magistrate.

Sunshine
Sunshine
2 months ago

Beats me why this imature, selfish man was not given a prison sentence. He is a seriel offender as he has proved. Giving him another ban won’t stop this idiot. Let’s just hope he doesn’t kill some poor innocent motorist. Sickening bloke.

Bill
Bill
2 months ago

Just lock this parasite up for good , or use him in a lab !!!
If he killed one of my kids then……you know the answer people 🙂

Banner
Banner
2 months ago

Some people are just born stupid.

Zoe Morgan
Zoe Morgan
2 months ago

Good to see the justice system doing it’s magic!! Suppose they’re waiting until he kills someone.

Gullible Islander
Gullible Islander
2 months ago

Prison just isn’t enough deterrent for these mindless ugg’s.
What’s needed is a good hiding and knee capping. Softly softly approach never works.

Helen Highwater
Helen Highwater
Reply to  Gullible Islander
2 months ago

OK, we all agree that a suspended sentence is pointless and dangerous. But what will prison achieve – another un-reformed hard nut discharged into the community with zero prospects and only one means of survival – more crime.

There must be better ways to deal with people who won’t conform with society’s essential rules. In this case, how about compulsory attendance at serious road accidents and subsequent surgical operations?

This particular gentleman has a severe physical handicap; does he need guidance or assistance into a worthwhile job suited to his abilities?

Cue the trolls …

Gullible Islander
Gullible Islander
Reply to  Helen Highwater
2 months ago

Oscar Pistorius has a severe physical handicap, didn’t stop him murdering someone.

Janesville Read
Janesville Read
Reply to  Helen Highwater
2 months ago

Not every one that’s got zero prospect as you put it results in crime, and he would get disabled benefits

Old Mike
Old Mike
2 months ago

As Victor Meldrew says, “I don’t BELIEVE it!”

tom
tom
2 months ago

Probably too stupid and terrible driver to pass a test. Chop his hands off.

Helen Highwater
Helen Highwater
Reply to  tom
2 months ago

Clearly you didn’t read the article, tom.

Joe Bloggs
Joe Bloggs
2 months ago

Why? Banning him from the roads obviously doesn’t work. Has someone got to die before the judges take action?

Linda
Linda
2 months ago

Why not bring back hard labour for habitual offenders. I’m sure the police would appreciate it if criminals were actually made to pay for their crimes it might make their job more satisfying. Also, get rid of these namby pamby judges and appoint someone with backbone.

Mrs T
Mrs T
2 months ago

Lock him up and throw away the keys before he kills someone.

Kev
Kev
2 months ago

When are they going to put this piece of excrement away where he belongs or someone give him a good hiding which I would quite happily do

isla wight
isla wight
2 months ago

Probably a police grass to keep getting away with it.

Dingdong
Dingdong
1 month ago

This is why this country is sinking. Soft slap on the wrist for this inconsiderate benny scrounger.

Miss Nursey
Miss Nursey
1 month ago

Does he have to kill an innocent person before the courts do anything ?????

Colin
Colin
1 month ago

Go and do some Voluntarty work in a hospital. See Victims first hand of the recklessness of driving offences. Learn some respect for yourself to treat others accordingly. He must be able to see close up the carnage inflicted on real people and their families and face up to the reality of carrying on( as he sure will) with his actions. Make him sit with the Victims families to learn the harsh consequences and become a real man and admit to the error of ways..Failing that, ties his hands tightly together so that he cannnot operate a vehicle again now or in thenear future

Terry G
Terry G
1 month ago

If he does go on to injure or kill someone, the magistrates or judge who let him stay free this time should be charged with aiding and abetting and sent to prison with him. He’s shown such a disregard for any previous punishment, it’s obvious that it won’t stop him. He’ll be driving disguised from now on. Crazy behaviour, crazy sentence.

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