A notorious dangerous driver is now serving a 2-year stretch behind bars after breaching a suspended sentence by committing yet more driving offences – with Police warning others that they will not tolerate illegal driving.
27-year-old Joseph Barrass, also known as Joseph Baker, has been forcibly taken off the roads by being imprisoned after once again flouting his latest driving ban.
Joey was found behind the wheel of a car – and therefore driving whilst disqualified and without insurance – on 13th July this year, just 5 months after being given a 16-month suspended sentence for dangerous driving and driving whilst disqualified.
Barrass has become notorious for leading Police on high-speed pursuits and defying the courts. Having been born without a lower left arm, Baker’s driving offences are said to have begun as a way of proving he can do what an able-bodied person can. He has even been featured in the national press for his crimes.
Over the past decade, Barrass has racked up a number of convictions for almost 50 offences – with many of these having been committed on the Island over the past 5 years. He has appeared on the Echo many times since his arrival on the Island… In August 2019, Joey 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 both 17th June 2018 and 15th July 2018.
Although Barrass has been sent to prison before this is his lengthiest sentence to date, meaning he is guaranteed to be off the roads until at least next summer – taking into account time served and being released on licence. Although it will be quite some time before he is legally allowed to drive again…
Speaking about Joseph’s conviction, PC Paul Neill of Hampshire Constabulary has told Island Echo:
“We are committed to keeping our Island’s roads safe for motorists and targeting those who flagrantly break the law and put other road users at risk. Joseph Baker is one of those individuals, and has a catalogue of offending behind him.
“Baker has persistently shown absolutely no regard for the law or the safety of other road users, and I am pleased that this jail term will provide further protection to the public.
“We have always been clear with the public about the risks of driving dangerously or illegally, and regularly conduct operations and campaigns to further raise awareness of these risks, and educate and protect drivers.
“We also hope this is a lesson to others who think they can get away with driving illegally – whether this be without insurance, a licence or by other means – we simply will not tolerate it and the consequences are serious.”
Judge Mousely sentenced Joseph Barrass to a total of 24-months in custody when he appeared before the Isle of Wight Crown Court on 14th October.
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