A father clocked speeding at 101mph on the M5 motorway after his pregnant wife went into labour on the passenger seat has been threatened with a fine of up to £2,500.
Louis Baker wrote to West Mercia Police
appealing for leniency over the “life or death” situation after being
caught by a speed camera on the M5 in Worcestershire on April 14. They told him he will have to
appear in court at a later date.
Mr Baker rushed his wife Laura and their unborn child to hospital amid
complications surrounding the pregnancy, meaning she needed to be given
antibiotics for four hours before giving birth. They were also worried because their
previous child was born four years ago after an 11-minute labour.
The baby was born at Worcestershire Royal
Hospital two hours after the alleged offence,
Mr Baker said: “I have been driving for 10 years and I have never had a speeding ticket or a motoring offence in my life.
I first got the fine I spoke to a lady at West Mercia Police and she
was very supportive and said to write a letter of appeal.
“I appealed but they rejected it and said due to excessive speed the fine could not be waived
“I would say that if it was your wife and child at risk in the same situation, anyone would do exactly the same thing.
“I have spoken to a solicitor but until I get a court date there is not much I can do.”
Laura, a trainee pharmacy technician, told the Birmingham Mail scans had shown her baby had stopped growing from 36 weeks.
26-year-old said: “Louis drove at 70mph for most of the journey but
towards the end, because of the intensity of the contractions, I really
thought the baby was coming.
“Louis wasn’t concentrating on his
speed at that point, he was trying to stay safe on the road and get me
to hospital as quickly as possible.”
A police spokesman said: “Due to the speed involved this case is being referred directly to the Magistrates Court.
“The independent magistrates will take into account any mitigation presented when determining their decision on the matter.”