A father clocked speeding at 101mph on a 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.
But the 30-year-old, whose son Ellis was born at Worcestershire Royal Hospital two hours after the alleged offence, was told he will have to appear in court at a later date.
The Jaguar Land Rover worker 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.
I would say that if it was your wife and child at risk in the same situation, anyone would do exactly the same thing. Louis Baker
The couple, from Rubery, Birmingham, were also worried because their previous child was born four years ago after an 11-minute labour.
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.
“When 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.
The 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.”