No driving bans for pair despite racing at 70mph through Sunderland city centre

Two drivers caught racing at 70mph through Sunderland city centre have been given the green light to get back on our roads.

By Michael Drummond
Tuesday, 09 July, 2019, 06:00

Brandon Boyes, 21, and Braden Little, 24, were spotted revving their engines at a red light by Wearmouth Bridge before speeding off into the night, a court heard.

But despite their high-octane, neck and neck drag race through the heart of the city, neither has been banned from driving.

The two cars were spotted on police car CCTV at the traffic lights by Wearmouth Bridge. Pictures: Northumbria Police

Boyes, of Heaton Gardens in South Shields, was convicted of careless driving after a trial at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court. He had pleaded guilty to driving without insurance.

Little, of Helen Street in Sunderland, pleaded guilty to careless driving.

Veteran roads police officer Pc Gary Morris was on duty in a marked car about 9.40pm on April 22 when he spotted to cars standing side by side at the lights just off Wearmouth Bridge.

One car – a white BMW – was being driven by Braden Little, and the other – a dark grey VW Scirocco – was being driven by Brandon Boyes.

In this image from the police dashcam, the police car can be seen travelling at 83mph as it tries to catch up with the two cars

Pc Morris said: “I hear the sounds of their engines revving [and] see the two of them accelerating hard as they exit the roundabout.

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“It was quite clear the two of them intended to outdo each other. Both were racing hard.”

Pc Morris gave chase along the dual carriageway, but despite reaching speeds of more than 70mph he was unable to get any closer to them, the court heard.

Fearing a collision, Pc Morris activated his blue lights as the cars approached another roundabout and the pair eventually pulled over.

Boyes declined to give evidence at his trial, but argued that he was doing 50mph “at the most” and denied his driving was careless.

District Judge Bernard Begley said he could not be sure that Boyes was guilty of a charge of racing on a public highway.

However he found him guilty of careless driving.

Boyes’ limited finances were taken into account and he was fined £125. He must also pay £200 costs and a victim surcharge of £30.

He was also given eight penalty points.

At a separate hearingBraden Little was fined £255 and ordered to pay £95 costs and a £30 victim surcharge. He was given six penalty points.

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