A SERIAL dangerous and disqualified driving offender was told imprisonment was an inevitable consequence of him flouting a suspended sentence with yet another motoring conviction.

Joseph Thomas Baker, who is also known as Joseph Barrass, appeared at the Isle of Wight Crown Court on Monday following his arrest after failing to attend there on Wednesday last week.

The judge, who sat on Monday and last week, Recorder Malcolm Gibney, issued the warrant for his arrest.

Baker had attended briefly last Wednesday, but left before his hearing after complaining he felt unwell. He claimed he later vomited blood and sought advice from his GP, who advised he should not attend court, said Christopher Pix, defending — but his client was unable to provide the judge any medical evidence.

Baker, 26, formerly of Brickfield Close, Newport, had also appeared at the Isle of Wight Magistrates' Court recently, where he admitted driving whilst disqualified and was bailed for sentencing at the higher court on September 20.

He has a record of multiple driving offences, which includes dangerous driving and driving whilst disqualified convictions in 2017, 2018, 2019 and again, in February, for which he received a suspended sentence for offences in August last year.

They included dangerous driving, three counts of driving while disqualified, and two counts of driving without insurance, for which he was handed a 16-month jail term, suspended for two years, with 80 hours of unpaid work and a 36-month driving ban.

"He is under no illusions as to what what will happen to him on his next appearance," said Mr Pix.

Baker was remanded in custody to reappear for sentencing at the same venue on September 20.

Recorder Gibney refused Baker bail due to his offending record and said it was inevitable he would be imprisoned.

The judge also ordered Baker to produce medical evidence of his non-appearance before him last week.