25-year-old Joseph Baker has been handed a 14-month prison sentence for driving whilst disqualified and dangerous driving – the latest in a string of driving offences.
Just 12 months ago, Baker, of Chapel Street in Newport, was jailed for 11 months after 2 pursuits earlier that year on both 17th June and 15th July. He was sent to prison for 11 months and disqualified from driving for over 2 years.
On 4th July this year, yet another driving offence was committed by Baker, who was born with just one arm. He failed to stop for Police at Pell Lane in Ryde. The vehicle he was driving, a BMW, travelled for over a mile with a missing wheel before being ditched near the railway track at Ashey.
Police swarmed the area and arrested Baker, who was eventually charged with 2 counts of driving whilst disqualified and 1 of dangerous driving – charges he admitted at the Isle of Wight Crown Court. He has previously been convicted of driving whilst disqualified in both 2017 and 2018.
Baker’s solicitor told the court earlier this month that the incident on 4th July was ‘hardly the worst case of dangerous driving your honour will have seen’. They also told the court that Baker had an ‘addiction’ to the urge to drive.
Baker was given a 14-month prison sentence and his driving ban was increased by a period of 3 years and 7 months.
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