Drivers from Leeds and Batley condemned for using A19 as racetrack

Daniel Scott Richardson, 21, who was driving a blue Ford Focus RS

Daniel Scott Richardson, 21, who was driving a blue Ford Focus RS

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Darlington and Stockton Times: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter (Richmond)

TWO men caught driving at speeds of up to 144mph were today condemned as "adolescent, selfish and dangerous" by magistrates who banned them from the road for three years and handed them suspended prison sentences.

Police and road safety campaigners said the "appalling" driving could have had catastrophic consequences and led to a fatal crash.

Darlington and Stockton Times:
James Burrows at Northallerton Magistrates Court today

Daniel Scott Richardson, 21, was driving a blue Ford Focus RS closely followed by James Burrows, 26, in a Silver Mitsubishi Lancer Evo, with passengers in both cars.

The drivers, both from Leeds, were captured by North Yorkshire Police’s mobile safety camera just after midday on Saturday, November 30 last year, driving at 144mph in close convoy on the A19 southbound carriageway near the village of Crathorne.

The men had been go-carting in Middlesbrough and were on their way home. Richardson had one passenger and Burrows had two.

Both men pleaded guilty to dangerous driving on January 3 and were today sentenced at Northallerton Magistrates’ Court. Each were sentenced to a four month prison term, suspended for 18 months, and a three year driving ban.

They were ordered to carry out 300 hours of unpaid work and fined £145 each.

Sam Law, prosecuting, said: “Richardson accepts he was driving at speed but said he didn’t know how fast, and that he was racing the car behind – however Burrows did not agree the pair had been racing.”

Michael Sisson-Pell, mitigating for Richardson, said: “The road was not busy – otherwise they would not have been able to achieve the speeds they did.

“Just because one was following another closely it was not racing. He knows he has made a stupid mistake.”

Michael Walsh, for Burrows, added: “He understands the seriousness of the incident - he knows he has been a fool and let his family down.”

Chairman of the bench John Bacon said: “We have never seen speeds of 144mph, particularly on a dual carriageway at midday on a Saturday, and in convoy, showing off.

“The mere suggestion of a rabbit running out could have led to a catastrophe in North Yorkshire.

“It was described as a momentary mistake but you could not get a car up to that speed in a heartbeat, maintain it then drive in convoy.

“I would describe this as adolescent, selfish and dangerous.”

Speaking after the case, North Yorkshire Police’s mobile safety camera manager Dave Brown said: “Today’s sentence sends a clear message as to how seriously the criminal justice system takes such appalling driving.

“The evidence captured by the safety camera shows both vehicles travelling in close proximity at extremely high speed. Any error, no matter how minor, could have been catastrophic.

“Our mobile safety cameras are there to help keep the roads safe for all road users and we urge motorists to bear this in mind, drive at appropriate speeds and within the speed limit and do not, under any circumstances use the roads as a racetrack.”

Kevin Clinton, head of road safety at the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, said: “This level of speed is incredibly dangerous and anti-social. The drivers can consider themselves very lucky not to have caused a fatal crash and not to have received a more severe sentence.

“Speeding, especially this extreme, endangers the lives of the driver, passengers and other motorists.

“At excessive speeds, drivers have much less time to react to what is happening and stopping distances increase massively.”

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4:23pm Tue 28 Jan 14

jakemans says...

(Todays message sends a clear message as to how seriously the criminal justice system takes such appalling driving) . 144 mph and receives a suspended sentence and a 3 year ban yet that police officer from Darlington gets a slap on the hands , And you tell me that is justice ...its a fkking joke. 1 rule for them and 1 rule for us........Grrr makes my blood boil...
(Todays message sends a clear message as to how seriously the criminal justice system takes such appalling driving) . 144 mph and receives a suspended sentence and a 3 year ban yet that police officer from Darlington gets a slap on the hands , And you tell me that is justice ...its a fkking joke. 1 rule for them and 1 rule for us........Grrr makes my blood boil... jakemans
  • Score: 31

4:43pm Tue 28 Jan 14

settheworldonfire says...

jakemans wrote:
(Todays message sends a clear message as to how seriously the criminal justice system takes such appalling driving) . 144 mph and receives a suspended sentence and a 3 year ban yet that police officer from Darlington gets a slap on the hands , And you tell me that is justice ...its a fkking joke. 1 rule for them and 1 rule for us........Grrr makes my blood boil...
Well said...Coppers are as bent as a two bob note...
[quote][p][bold]jakemans[/bold] wrote: (Todays message sends a clear message as to how seriously the criminal justice system takes such appalling driving) . 144 mph and receives a suspended sentence and a 3 year ban yet that police officer from Darlington gets a slap on the hands , And you tell me that is justice ...its a fkking joke. 1 rule for them and 1 rule for us........Grrr makes my blood boil...[/p][/quote]Well said...Coppers are as bent as a two bob note... settheworldonfire
  • Score: 4

4:47pm Tue 28 Jan 14

johnny_p says...

I didn't realise that driving at those sort of speeds could result in a custodial prison sentence..... Unless you're a serving Police Officer showing off to a criminal when during work.

Beggars belief.
I didn't realise that driving at those sort of speeds could result in a custodial prison sentence..... Unless you're a serving Police Officer showing off to a criminal when during work. Beggars belief. johnny_p
  • Score: 29

4:50pm Tue 28 Jan 14

judygone says...

North Yorkshire Police’s Mobile Safety Camera Manager, Dave Brown, said: “Today’s sentence sends a clear message as to how seriously the criminal justice system takes such appalling driving.
Wheres the clear message. They should both be doing 2 years now, along with that darlo PC
North Yorkshire Police’s Mobile Safety Camera Manager, Dave Brown, said: “Today’s sentence sends a clear message as to how seriously the criminal justice system takes such appalling driving. Wheres the clear message. They should both be doing 2 years now, along with that darlo PC judygone
  • Score: 18

5:01pm Tue 28 Jan 14

bob the knob says...

North Yorkshire Police’s Mobile Safety Camera Manager, Dave Brown, said: “Today’s sentence sends a clear message as to how seriously the criminal justice system takes such appalling driving.
Wheres the clear message. They should both be doing 2 years now, along with that darlo PC


here here
North Yorkshire Police’s Mobile Safety Camera Manager, Dave Brown, said: “Today’s sentence sends a clear message as to how seriously the criminal justice system takes such appalling driving. Wheres the clear message. They should both be doing 2 years now, along with that darlo PC here here bob the knob
  • Score: 10

5:03pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Voice-of-reality says...

We live in a police state in which 'the boys in blue' believe they can do what they like - and frequently do. Time for the whol corrupt lot (especially Cleveland and Peterlee) to be dismissed and a new force started. Rotten to the core.
We live in a police state in which 'the boys in blue' believe they can do what they like - and frequently do. Time for the whol corrupt lot (especially Cleveland and Peterlee) to be dismissed and a new force started. Rotten to the core. Voice-of-reality
  • Score: 15

5:17pm Tue 28 Jan 14

darloboss says...

“The safety camera operator at the time, was utterly astounded by the speed of the vehicles. Members of the public should be allowed to use the roads in safety and should not be put at risk by other, irresponsible and dangerous drivers.
says it all really unless your a copper
“The safety camera operator at the time, was utterly astounded by the speed of the vehicles. Members of the public should be allowed to use the roads in safety and should not be put at risk by other, irresponsible and dangerous drivers. says it all really unless your a copper darloboss
  • Score: 25

5:34pm Tue 28 Jan 14

jps101 says...

Next time the Police give out motoring safety advice via the media in their patronising "we are so superior drivers than everyone else and are the only ones with any common sense" I wonder who will take any notice.

As for those 2 on the A19, what's more scary than the speed is the way the second one is tailgating brain dead or what?
Next time the Police give out motoring safety advice via the media in their patronising "we are so superior drivers than everyone else and are the only ones with any common sense" I wonder who will take any notice. As for those 2 on the A19, what's more scary than the speed is the way the second one is tailgating brain dead or what? jps101
  • Score: 20

6:02pm Tue 28 Jan 14

stevegg says...

Couldnt have come at a worse time for Durham Constabulary. Very daming for Durham police who let their officer off only 5 days ago using very lame excuses for a similar offence and only refeffered themselves to IPCC after a public outcry, smacks of double standards. Dont want to tar all police officers with the same brush as, just like any job, there are bad apples in every bunch, but this ruling has made their stance untenable.
Couldnt have come at a worse time for Durham Constabulary. Very daming for Durham police who let their officer off only 5 days ago using very lame excuses for a similar offence and only refeffered themselves to IPCC after a public outcry, smacks of double standards. Dont want to tar all police officers with the same brush as, just like any job, there are bad apples in every bunch, but this ruling has made their stance untenable. stevegg
  • Score: 29

7:56pm Tue 28 Jan 14

MSG says...

Piles even more shame on the Police and their cover up of a speeding criminal within their ranks ! Stinks !
Piles even more shame on the Police and their cover up of a speeding criminal within their ranks ! Stinks ! MSG
  • Score: 10

9:33pm Tue 28 Jan 14

besafeoutthere says...

speeders always get done for what might have happened not for what did, no one was hurt nothing did happen they just got caught speeding same goes for the copper doing 140 what if. just do then for the facts not for what ifs.
speeders always get done for what might have happened not for what did, no one was hurt nothing did happen they just got caught speeding same goes for the copper doing 140 what if. just do then for the facts not for what ifs. besafeoutthere
  • Score: -8

9:41am Wed 29 Jan 14

billburn says...

These two should now be in prison, (minimum two years ) and be made to resit there driving tests a year after they get released.
These two should now be in prison, (minimum two years ) and be made to resit there driving tests a year after they get released. billburn
  • Score: 0

2:14pm Wed 29 Jan 14

hasanopinion says...

besafeoutthere wrote:
speeders always get done for what might have happened not for what did, no one was hurt nothing did happen they just got caught speeding same goes for the copper doing 140 what if. just do then for the facts not for what ifs.
so by your reasoning we should do something AFTER someone has been killed? I thought prevention is the best form of cure?? maybe I'm wrong maybe we should take all the speed limits and road markings off the roads allow people to drive however the hell they like and scrape the consequences off the road after the event? and while we are on outlaw all immunisations that we spend thousands of pounds on every year that prevent diseases and burnt all forms of contraception and then spend even more treating the millions who become ill because we didn't worry about the WHAT IFS?
that police officer SHOULD be prosecuted just like these two should have been there was and is no need to travel at such speeds!
[quote][p][bold]besafeoutthere[/bold] wrote: speeders always get done for what might have happened not for what did, no one was hurt nothing did happen they just got caught speeding same goes for the copper doing 140 what if. just do then for the facts not for what ifs.[/p][/quote]so by your reasoning we should do something AFTER someone has been killed? I thought prevention is the best form of cure?? maybe I'm wrong maybe we should take all the speed limits and road markings off the roads allow people to drive however the hell they like and scrape the consequences off the road after the event? and while we are on outlaw all immunisations that we spend thousands of pounds on every year that prevent diseases and burnt all forms of contraception and then spend even more treating the millions who become ill because we didn't worry about the WHAT IFS? that police officer SHOULD be prosecuted just like these two should have been there was and is no need to travel at such speeds! hasanopinion
  • Score: 3

2:46pm Wed 29 Jan 14

Jackaranda says...

besafeoutthere wrote:
speeders always get done for what might have happened not for what did, no one was hurt nothing did happen they just got caught speeding same goes for the copper doing 140 what if. just do then for the facts not for what ifs.
I take it you had a few when you wrote this.
[quote][p][bold]besafeoutthere[/bold] wrote: speeders always get done for what might have happened not for what did, no one was hurt nothing did happen they just got caught speeding same goes for the copper doing 140 what if. just do then for the facts not for what ifs.[/p][/quote]I take it you had a few when you wrote this. Jackaranda
  • Score: 3

10:41pm Wed 29 Jan 14

besafeoutthere says...

“The mere suggestion of a rabbit running out could have led to a catastrophe in North Yorkshire". what if again i think it would have been flattend.
“The mere suggestion of a rabbit running out could have led to a catastrophe in North Yorkshire". what if again i think it would have been flattend. besafeoutthere
  • Score: 0

12:12am Thu 30 Jan 14

besafeoutthere says...

hasanopinion wrote:
besafeoutthere wrote:
speeders always get done for what might have happened not for what did, no one was hurt nothing did happen they just got caught speeding same goes for the copper doing 140 what if. just do then for the facts not for what ifs.
so by your reasoning we should do something AFTER someone has been killed? I thought prevention is the best form of cure?? maybe I'm wrong maybe we should take all the speed limits and road markings off the roads allow people to drive however the hell they like and scrape the consequences off the road after the event? and while we are on outlaw all immunisations that we spend thousands of pounds on every year that prevent diseases and burnt all forms of contraception and then spend even more treating the millions who become ill because we didn't worry about the WHAT IFS?
that police officer SHOULD be prosecuted just like these two should have been there was and is no need to travel at such speeds!
so if you got put in prison for what might have happened if you broke the 30mph speed limit by 5mph and child might have ran out thats ok then ? facts not fiction. come on lets get real we cant continue with what ifs, facts only please.
[quote][p][bold]hasanopinion[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]besafeoutthere[/bold] wrote: speeders always get done for what might have happened not for what did, no one was hurt nothing did happen they just got caught speeding same goes for the copper doing 140 what if. just do then for the facts not for what ifs.[/p][/quote]so by your reasoning we should do something AFTER someone has been killed? I thought prevention is the best form of cure?? maybe I'm wrong maybe we should take all the speed limits and road markings off the roads allow people to drive however the hell they like and scrape the consequences off the road after the event? and while we are on outlaw all immunisations that we spend thousands of pounds on every year that prevent diseases and burnt all forms of contraception and then spend even more treating the millions who become ill because we didn't worry about the WHAT IFS? that police officer SHOULD be prosecuted just like these two should have been there was and is no need to travel at such speeds![/p][/quote]so if you got put in prison for what might have happened if you broke the 30mph speed limit by 5mph and child might have ran out thats ok then ? facts not fiction. come on lets get real we cant continue with what ifs, facts only please. besafeoutthere
  • Score: 0

9:17am Thu 30 Jan 14

hasanopinion says...

besafeoutthere wrote:
hasanopinion wrote:
besafeoutthere wrote:
speeders always get done for what might have happened not for what did, no one was hurt nothing did happen they just got caught speeding same goes for the copper doing 140 what if. just do then for the facts not for what ifs.
so by your reasoning we should do something AFTER someone has been killed? I thought prevention is the best form of cure?? maybe I'm wrong maybe we should take all the speed limits and road markings off the roads allow people to drive however the hell they like and scrape the consequences off the road after the event? and while we are on outlaw all immunisations that we spend thousands of pounds on every year that prevent diseases and burnt all forms of contraception and then spend even more treating the millions who become ill because we didn't worry about the WHAT IFS?
that police officer SHOULD be prosecuted just like these two should have been there was and is no need to travel at such speeds!
so if you got put in prison for what might have happened if you broke the 30mph speed limit by 5mph and child might have ran out thats ok then ? facts not fiction. come on lets get real we cant continue with what ifs, facts only please.
FACT IS these two clearly flouted the law by driving at such excessive speeds the laws are there for a reason. if I'd been travelling at such a speed then I would fully expect to be prosecuted. I'm not stupid enough to think that travelling at 144mph is perfectly acceptable as long as no one got hurt. sorry but no amount of "well no one got hurt" is going to convince me that these two did not break the law. FACT IS THEY DID BREAK THE LAW THEY WERE CAUGHT AND THEY DESERVE NOTHING LESS THAN THE SENTENCE THEY WERE GIVEN!!!
[quote][p][bold]besafeoutthere[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]hasanopinion[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]besafeoutthere[/bold] wrote: speeders always get done for what might have happened not for what did, no one was hurt nothing did happen they just got caught speeding same goes for the copper doing 140 what if. just do then for the facts not for what ifs.[/p][/quote]so by your reasoning we should do something AFTER someone has been killed? I thought prevention is the best form of cure?? maybe I'm wrong maybe we should take all the speed limits and road markings off the roads allow people to drive however the hell they like and scrape the consequences off the road after the event? and while we are on outlaw all immunisations that we spend thousands of pounds on every year that prevent diseases and burnt all forms of contraception and then spend even more treating the millions who become ill because we didn't worry about the WHAT IFS? that police officer SHOULD be prosecuted just like these two should have been there was and is no need to travel at such speeds![/p][/quote]so if you got put in prison for what might have happened if you broke the 30mph speed limit by 5mph and child might have ran out thats ok then ? facts not fiction. come on lets get real we cant continue with what ifs, facts only please.[/p][/quote]FACT IS these two clearly flouted the law by driving at such excessive speeds the laws are there for a reason. if I'd been travelling at such a speed then I would fully expect to be prosecuted. I'm not stupid enough to think that travelling at 144mph is perfectly acceptable as long as no one got hurt. sorry but no amount of "well no one got hurt" is going to convince me that these two did not break the law. FACT IS THEY DID BREAK THE LAW THEY WERE CAUGHT AND THEY DESERVE NOTHING LESS THAN THE SENTENCE THEY WERE GIVEN!!! hasanopinion
  • Score: 1

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