24-year-old Joe ‘Joey’ Baker of Ryde has been jailed for 11 months following high-speed Police pursuits through the streets of Newport and Ryde – despite him only having 1 arm.

Baker admitted a string of offences including dangerous driving, driving whilst disqualified, failing to surrender and driving without insurance when he appeared before the Isle of Wight Crown Court this week.

As previously reported by Island Echo, Baker took Police on a pursuit through Pan estate on Sunday 17th June after he made off in a Ford Focus. Following a chase involving speeds of up to 80mph, officers finally caught up with him when he dumped the car on Highfield Road and took his chances on foot. He was arrested but later released from Police custody, pending further investigations.

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It wasn’t long before he was at it again though… less than a month later a large scale search involving the Police helicopter was launched in Ryde when Joe Baker failed to stop for Police and took officers on yet another pursuit. This time, he nearly slammed into a Police car whilst driving on Smallbrook Lane. The vehicle Baker was driving – a Hyundai Coupe – was eventually found dumped on Sutton Close, Oakfield but he had already fled the scene.

Baker’s defence team told the court that he knows he was ‘extremely stupid’ and that he was remorseful for his actions. 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 do. The court was also told of a recent miscarriage and a diagnosis of cancer in the family.

Joseph Baker, who is also known by 12 other aliases, has been sentenced to 11 months in prison and has also been banned from driving for almost 2-and-a-half years.

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