TWO men caught driving at speeds of up to 144mph were today condemned as “adolecent, 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.
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.