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Monday, April 16, 2012
A MAN from Welwyn Garden City led police on a 120mph car chase up a motorway, a court heard.
But when Dean Baker finally stopped, he was polite and apologetic to the cops who had been chasing him.
On Friday, when 25-year-old Baker appeared for sentence at St Albans Crown Court, video footage of the chase that had been filmed by the police at the time was played to Judge Stephen Gullick.
It showed Baker in a red MG ZS car speeding in the outside lane of the M1 as he tried to shake off police.
The chase began shortly before Junction 8, the Hemel Hempstead turn off, and then headed north, eventually stopping at Junction 9, at Redbourn.
Baker, of Salisbury Road, pleaded guilty to an offence of dangerous driving on December 16 last year, shortly after 11pm.
George Heimler, prosecuting, said that despite Baker’s driving, when he eventually pulled up for police on the hard shoulder, he was polite to the officers and extremely apologetic for what he had done.
He was given a 12-month community order, disqualified from driving for 12 months and told he must take an extended test before he gets behind the wheel of a car again.