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Batley man banned after driving 144mph

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A Batley man was caught on camera driving 144mph.

Daniel Scott Richardson, 21, was driving a blue Ford Focus along the A19 in North Yorkshire, closely followed by James Burrows, 36, of Methley, Leeds, in a Mitsubishi Lancer Evo.

On Tuesday the two men were given three-year driving bans and suspended four month prison sentences at Northallerton Magistrates’ Court after pleading guilty to dangerous driving on January 3.

They were also each ordered to pay 300 hours of unpaid work, fined £85 and ordered to pay a £60 victim surcharge.

Both drivers were captured by North Yorkshire Police’s mobile safety camera at around 12pm on November 30 last year, driving at 144mph in a close convoy on the A19 southbound carriageway south of Middlesborough.

North Yorkshire Police mobile safety camera manager Dave Brown said their driving was appalling.

He said: “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 for the two drivers, their passengers and other road users.

“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.”

 

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