New father who was snapped doing 101mph on the M5 as he raced to get his pregnant wife to hospital after she went into labour is slapped with a £390 fine and five points on his licence
-Louis Baker rushed to get his wife Laura to Worcestershire Royal Hospital in April
-Baby stopped growing in womb and Mrs Baker needed antibiotics before birth
-New father later prosecuted for speeding at 101mph by Safer Roads Partnership
A new father caught speeding at 101mph as he raced to get his pregnant wife to the hospital has been handed a £390 fine and five points on his licence.
Louis Baker rushed to get his partner Laura to Worcestershire Royal Hospital as he knew she had a checkered medical history and there could be complications with the birth.
The baby had stopped growing inside the womb two weeks earlier and Mrs Baker needed to have antibiotics four hours before her son could be born.
Louis, 30, was given five points on his licence and fined £390 – but it could have been as much as £2,500. Laura, 26, said: ‘Court went as well as it could do. Louis has been fined £390 and had five points on licence.
‘Better than the £2,500 and six points – but still a horrible ordeal hanging over our heads for the last six months.’ Scans had shown that Ellis stopped growing in his mother’s womb at 36 weeks, and Laura needed antibiotics before he could be delivered. She went into labour at their home in Rubery, but with her contractions coming every two minutes, Louis put his foot down.
After the incident came to light, a poll of Birmingham Live readers found that 52% of people believe he should not have been fined. Laura previously described their desperation after her waters broke.
She said: ‘My daughter had been born in 11 minutes so because of that, we really thought our new baby could come really quickly. ‘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.
‘I was a bit all over the place with the pain and he sped up and was flashed at 101mph on the very last bit of the journey. ‘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.’ As Laura is a group B strep carrier, she had to take antibiotics for four hours before the birth.
She said: ‘The hospital managed to give me them for about an hour before I gave birth. ‘But I suffered a haematoma and had to be rushed into theatre. Ellis was unresponsive when he was born for about 20 to 30 minutes, and had to have oxygen. He’s fine now.’
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