Speeding A14 driver hit 160mph

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A MOTORIST drove his Aston Martin sports car at an estimated 160mph on the A14 at Higham – leaving a police car trailing in his wake.

The patrol car driver following Tobias Baker reached 140mph, but realised the businessman’s car was still pulling away, Ipswich Crown Court heard on Friday.

Baker, 34, who at the time lived in The Street, Great Barton, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving on the trunk road on October 16 last year.

Prosecuting, Naomi Turner said that Baker, who ran a mobile phone business, had been at the wheel of an Aston Martin Vantage and was spotted by police at around 9.15pm, travelling between 110mph and 120mph in wet conditions on the road.

Pc Barry Humm, followed him in his patrol car but when he reached 140mph the officer realised that the Aston Martin was still pulling away from him.

Mrs Turner told the court that the Aston Martin had, after six miles, slowed on the approach to a junction which allowed the police car to catch up and finally stop Baker.

Baker had said to the officer: “There are no excuses for travelling at those speeds. All I can say is that I was trying to stay away from the traffic. I was an idiot.”

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 the business.

Baker ran a company employing 12 people and if he was jailed his business would suffer, he added.

Sentencing him, Judge John Devaux told Baker: “Happily there was no accident as a result of your driving and there was therefore no actual damage or physical injury to anyone.”

Baker was disqualified from driving for 18 months and made the subject of a community order to carry out 180 hours unpaid community work. He was also ordered to pay prosecution costs of £1,200 within 14 days and must take an extended driving test at the end of the ban.

After the hearing, Chief Inspector Ady Dawson, head of Suffolk Road Policing, said: “It’s disappointing to see this man drove in a hugely irresponsible fashion and, although his speed is quite extraordinary, we regularly see, stop and prosecute other motorists for speeding which illustrates that we are still seeing a number of people putting themselves and others in danger by driving at excess speed.”