Father crashes after racing on A167

A father from Durham crashed into a central reservation after racing another driver at speeds of up to 100mph - despite having his 10-month-old son in the back seat.

Neal Smith's girlfriend was also in the car when he lost control along the A167 between Durham and Chester-le-Street.

Twenty-five-year-old Smith, from Esh Winning, was sentenced to 51 weeks imprisonment, suspended for 18 months, at Newcastle Crown Court.

He was racing 24-year-old Christopher Whittaker, of Chester-le-Street, County Durham.

Whittaker was sentenced to 36 weeks imprisonment, also suspended for 18 months.

The pair were both found guilty of dangerous driving at Durham Crown Court earlier this month.

Both have been disqualified from driving for four years and will then have to re-take extended tests. They also have to complete unpaid work and each pay £500 in costs.

Prosecutor Tim Gittins said Smith lost control of the Mitsubishi Evo as he went towards a bend.

"He crashed into the central reservation barriers and spun six times and, because he wasn't wearing a seat belt, he went flying past his son in the back and through the rear window."

The defendant suffered minor injuries and both passengers were unharmed.

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