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Fake chase Met PC Paul Baker sentenced

A PC who was falsely using his blue lights and sirens when he hit a moped in south-west London has been sentenced for dangerous driving and misconduct in a public office.

Paul Baker, who has since resigned, was travelling at speed when he hit the rider in Wandsworth last December.

He said he was chasing a vehicle but later admitted he lied.

Baker, 30, who was based in Kingston, pleaded guilty to the offences on Wednesday at Southwark Crown Court.

'Abused procedures'

He was sentenced to eight months in prison and disqualified from driving for two years, said the court.

The moped rider sustained serious leg injuries when he was hit in Garratt Lane, near Rams Street, on 2 December.

He has not fully recovered, said police.

The Directorate of Professional Standards viewed CCTV footage and saw Baker travelling at speeds of over 50mph on his way back to base.

He was placed on restricted duties and resigned on 19 January.

Commander Allan Gibson said Baker had "abused important emergency driving procedures".

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