Jail for driver who had never passed his test after 97mph Lady Bay Bridge pursuit

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A dangerous driver was jailed for a year after speeding across the Lady Bay Bridge and hitting a car in a chase which also saw two police cars damaged.
Nottingham Crown Court heard that Jordan Baxter, 27, has never passed a driving test and was living with a woman in the Volvo he was using. She was also in the estate car for the four-minute run in which he reached 97mph in a 40mph limit.

The incident began at the Victoria Retail Park when police carried out a computer check which revealed that the car had no insurance. Baxter drove off despite orders to stop.

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He was sent to prison for a year but will be released at the halfway stage and will be on probation. At that point, a two-year driving ban begins.

Judge Steven Coupland told him: “This was plainly a persistent piece of bad driving. You appreciate the risk to other road users and pedestrians.

“Thankfully nobody was injured and aside from damage, nothing else occurred. It could have been very different.”

Baxter admitted dangerous driving, failing to stop for police, driving while disqualified and without insurance on June 6 last year. He failed to answer bail and was detained after six months on the run.

Helen Marley, prosecuting, said that Baxter drove off and hit the police car before going onto Colwick Road.

He ignored a red traffic light and reached 97mph in a 40mph limit as police followed.
“He swerved onto the offside of the road and nearly collided with a rubbish lorry. He nearly hit a fire engine trying to move away from a junction.

“He zig-zagged and other vehicles had to get out of the way when he went onto the Lady Bay Bridge. He went onto the wrong side of the road,” said Miss Marley.

A BMW suffered “a glancing blow” before Baxter stopped when his Volvo hit a second police car.

Miss Marley added: “The pursuit lasted for four minutes. With the help of Google maps, the distance was four miles.”

Digby Johnson, mitigating, said that Baxter was raised in Bingham but has now moved away to avoid getting into trouble. He now has an address in Belle Vue Road, Leek.

Because of the offences, he had missed the birth of a child. He has attended courses during the six weeks he has been in custody awaiting sentence.

Mr Johnson asked for Baxter to be released from jail and put on probation, where he could attend a “thinking skills” course.

He added: “There can be few people for whom it would be more appropriate. He has made a lot of progress in the way he has engaged. There is a positive approach in particularly difficult circumstances.”