A road menace who led police on two wild pursuits in three months has been jailed after smashing into a car carrying a mother and her three children. Bobby Joe Baker was unlicensed and at the wheel of an unregistered car when he was first spotted by police speeding in Rockingham last September, Rockingham Magistrates Court was told. Police turned on their lights and sirens and signalled for him to stop but the 44-year-old accelerated up to 140 km/h along Rae Road and Read Street — twice the speed limit for those roads. Baker then drove on the opposite side of the road, prompting police to call off the pursuit. Then three days after Christmas, the court heard, a police patrol clocked Baker driving without his headlights on at 9.30pm in Rockingham. Ignoring directions to pull over he drove off, ran a red light and crashed into the mother’s car on the corner of Ennis Ave and Council Ave. He then ran off and was arrested about 1.5km from the scene. Luckily the woman only sustained small cuts and an injury to her thumbs in the accident. On Friday, Baker pleaded guilty to 11 charges including reckless driving to escape pursuit, dangerous driving causing bodily harm, forging a driver’s licence or number plate and failing to stop in circumstances of aggravation. His lawyer John Bochat said Baker was a victim of significant child abuse and in 2003 “went off the rails” due to unaddressed trauma. “He was a vulnerable person that had a disability, his stepfather couldn’t cope with it and as a result turned violent with him,” he said. Mr Bochat said that Baker was bullied as a child and that after school, he began hanging out with the wrong people. “The incident could have been a hell of a lot worse . . . it was dangerous and stupid,” he said. “Prison is not going to do anything for him . . . he needs to find himself and address his anger and accept who he is. Rehabilitation is the only way for him. “This man is a damaged individual, but obviously there needs to be some sort of punishment.” Sentencing Baker, Magistrate Anne Longden said the court appearance should be a “line in the sand” for him. “There is only so long you can continue this type of offending,” she said. “If you continue this type of behaviour you know where you will end up. This kind of offending just seems like a person who has given up.” Ms Longden ordered Baker to serve nine months in prison and fined him $2000. Dangerous driving and horrific crashes have become a common feature in the area, with three consecutive intersections less than 4km apart at the centre of several fatalities since June 2022. Among the victims were a 55-year-old motorcyclist and a six-year-old boy.