Third ban for Middlesbrough drink driver clocked at 116 mph on A66 at Darlington

Third drink drive ban: Don Hellaoui

Third drink drive ban: Don Hellaoui

First published in News The Northern Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter (Darlington)

A SPEEDING drink-driver has been banned from the roads for the third time after he was clocked doing 116mph on Christmas Day.

Don Hellaoui, 27, was two-and-a-half times over the drink drive limit when he smashed the speed limit on the A66 at Darlington, in the early hours.

Hellaoui, of The Avenue, Middlesbrough, had been at a Christmas Eve party and believed the only way he could get home was to drive, Darlington magistrates heard.

David Maddison, prosecuting, said Hellaoui drove his Nissan Qashqai so fast past police officers, who were dealing with another motorist by the side of the road,  they had to shout a warning to the person to step back.

He said: “They had pulled a motorist to one side and were speaking to them.

“In doing so an officer noticed his [Hellaoui’s] vehicle drive past them at what they felt in excess of 100mph.

“Given the speed, the officer had to shout to those at the roadside to step back.”

Darlington magistrates heard that when he was later stopped and breathalysed, he had 91mg of alcohol in his breath. The legal limit is 35mg.

Hellaoui, who was banned in 2003 and 2005 for drink driving, had pleaded guilty to the same offence at a previous hearing and returned to court for sentencing today (Thursday, January 10).

He said: “I take full responsibility. This, for me, goes beyond just a mistake and it certainly won’t be happening again.”

he was banned from driving for three years and sentenced him to a 12-month community order with 12 months supervision and 100 hours of unpaid work.

He was also ordered to pay £85 costs and a £60 victim surcharge.

Inspector Ed Turner of Cleveland and Durham road policing unit said: "If the driver had not been stopped we could easily have been conducting an investigation into a fatal crash.

“And at the time of the offence we were in the middle of the usual high-profile campaign aimed at deterring drink-drivers, so there is absolutely no excuse for putting lives at risk in this way.

"Those who drive irresponsibly across Durham and Cleveland will be caught, and dealt with appropriately by the courts."

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7:36pm Thu 10 Jan 13

Darlo Mother says...

Should be banned for life the idiot.
Should be banned for life the idiot. Darlo Mother
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11:12pm Thu 10 Jan 13

Quaker79 says...

Banned twice previously yet still drink-driving, and doing it at 116mph.

Not simply a lack of intelligence, but totally brain dead!
Banned twice previously yet still drink-driving, and doing it at 116mph. Not simply a lack of intelligence, but totally brain dead! Quaker79
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7:00pm Fri 11 Jan 13

Spy Boy says...

It won't happen again, he says. There should be no question about that. He should be getting more than 3 years.
It won't happen again, he says. There should be no question about that. He should be getting more than 3 years. Spy Boy
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8:37pm Sat 12 Jan 13

DonthePudding says...

what a lovely christmas pudding! i didnt no they could go so fast! excellent work. he should be giving a OBE or maybe even a knighthood for such a valliant act
what a lovely christmas pudding! i didnt no they could go so fast! excellent work. he should be giving a OBE or maybe even a knighthood for such a valliant act DonthePudding
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10:01pm Sat 12 Jan 13

Spy Boy says...

I'm puzzled; If all our new cars have all the fancy engine management systems that are supposed to give the best power and economy, then why are they not governed to 80 mph ? It could be written into the software.

A few years ago there was a device that was fitted to some test vehicles that would limit the car's speed to the speed limit for the road. I see this didn't get too far either.
I'm puzzled; If all our new cars have all the fancy engine management systems that are supposed to give the best power and economy, then why are they not governed to 80 mph ? It could be written into the software. A few years ago there was a device that was fitted to some test vehicles that would limit the car's speed to the speed limit for the road. I see this didn't get too far either. Spy Boy
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