This is the moment a driver led police on a 110mph chase – despite having his baby in the car.
Shocking dashcam footage showed Daniel Rawlings, 38, during a high-speed chase that saw him ram a patrol car and lead officers on a pursuit along a motorway as well as speeding at 50mph through a 20mph zone.
He was finally stopped after a stinger was used to blow out a tyre and police were horrified to find an 11-month-old boy in a baby seat in the front of the car.
Rawlings, of Hartcliffe, Bristol, has now been jailed for 16 months and banned from driving after admitting dangerous driving after the pursuit on May 25.
After hearing it was his third conviction for the same crime, the judge at Bristol Crown Court told him: “Fortune has smiled upon your child.”
After being tipped off about serial offender Rawlings, police boxed in his Audi Q7 4×4 – captured on dashcam footage. But after spotting a gap, Rawlings rammed a patrol car and escaped onto the motorway.
Prosecutor Timothy Hills said he accelerated to speeds of between 100mph and 110mph in a bid to evade capture at the Second Severn Crossing, linking England and Wales.
He overtook other cars and led police on a chase down the M49 motorway, before leaving at a junction with the M5 and driving at 50mph through a 20mph zone.
Robert Morgan-Jones, defending, said: “It was very dangerous, but it may not have been the most dangerous. It was aggravated by the child being in the car.”
Sentencing Rawling, Judge Mark Horton said: “The person most probably at the greatest risk was the 11-month-old child seated on the front passenger seat.
“Fortune has smiled upon your child. There was nothing you were not prepared to do with that motor car to put anyone at risk.”