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 Dangerous driver banned on his birthday


A dangerous driver caught doing 89mph through residential streets was banned from driving on his birthday.

PC David Brawn was using a speed gun when Jamie Welford, of Abbey Road, Bishop Auckland, drove past at almost three times the limit along Burnhill Way, in Newton Aycliffe, shortly before 10.30am on November 3 last year.
Welford pleaded guilty to dangerous driving at Newton Aycliffe Magistrates Court yesterday (TUES), which also happened to be his 20th birthday.
He was fined £906, and ordered to £85 in costs and a £90 victim surcharge.
Natalie Robinson, prosecuting, said there was no collision or collision but the roads were wet and there was clear signage of the speed limit.
Ben Pegman, mitigating, said: “He had been returning from work and did not know the road particularly well, it is a straight road but a totally unjustified speed, it gradually crept up and he accepts that.
“He is genuinely remorseful and showed remorse when he was interviewed. He is very unlikely to appear before the court again.”
PC Brawn, of Cleveland and Durham Specialist Operations Unit, said: “89mph in a 30mph zone is the highest speed I have ever recorded in my years of policing. 
“This is a road where children cross, cyclists ride and buses stop.
“Speed kills and this speed was incredibly dangerous and the driver would’ve been unable to react to anyone stepping out.”
“Your actions can and will kill people. Speed checks are not carried out to generate income, hit quotas or persecute motorists - we do it to protect the community and reduce road casualties.
“We encourage and promote road safety to make sure everyone gets home safely to their families. Please slow down.”