Motorist admits driving dangerously on busy road

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A MOTORIST who drove at an estimated 160mph on one of Suffolk’s busiest roads has been banned from driving.

Tobias Baker, 34, who at the time lived in The Street, Great Barton, and is now living in Kensington, appeared at Ipswich Crown Court on Friday.

He pleaded guilty to a charge of dangerous driving on the A14 at Higham on October 16 last year.

Prosecuting, Naomi Turner said that Baker had been at the wheel of an Aston Martin Vantage when, at around 9.15pm, he was spotted travelling at an excessive speed in wet conditions on the dual carriageway.

In mitigation, Kevin Toomey said that Baker’s wife, Michelle, had suffered a recurrence of an eating disorder because she feared the case could result in her husband being jailed and losing his mobile phone business.

Baker was disqualified from driving for 18 months and made the subject of a community order which will involve him carrying out 180 hours of unpaid community work within the next year.

When sentencing, Judge Devaux told Baker that he would have to take an extended driving test before being allowed to regain his licence when the ban expires.

He was ordered to pay prosecution costs of £1,200 within 14 days.

For more on this story and more news and pictures about life in West Suffolk and South West Norfolk see Friday’s Bury Free Press.