A TEENAGER charged with dangerous driving following an accident on the A19 which caused chaos for morning commuters sobbed as he was remanded in custody.

Declan Wayne Morris, of Muirfield Way, Middlesbrough, appeared at Teesside Magistrates Court charged with dangerous driving, aggravated vehicle taking and a house burglary.

The 18-year-old was arrested by police following a collision involving an Audi A8 and a white Vauxhall Corsa in the early hours of Thursday morning which led to the A19 being temporarily closed in both directions.

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A man driving the Corsa received minor injuries.

Mr Morris, who is also charged with disqualified driving and driving with no insurance, was said to be already on bail from the crown court for matters of affray and possessing an offensive weapon.

No pleas were entered and District Judge Kristina Harrison transferred the most recent matters to Teesside Crown Court where the defendant will appear on December 15.

Mr Morris had grinned at members of his family in the public gallery as he entered the dock.

But after the judge refused an application for bail from his solicitor Gary Wood, which would have meant he could live with his grandmother in the meantime, he began sobbing.

As he was led away the defendant begged the judge otherwise, saying: “Please Miss Harrison, haway”.

There was also uproar among relatives of Mr Morris.

One woman said: “He has just lost his brother. Please we need him home.”

Referring to the judge the woman added: “She has just killed him, thank you your honour.”

The A19 crash, at about 5.30am, occurred between the A689 Wolviston and the A1027 Norton/Billingham turn offs.

It caused tailbacks of up to five miles on the A19 and also affected surrounding roads in Hartlepool and on the A689.

Cleveland Police thanked motorists for their patience while the crash scene was cleared in order that both carriageways could be re-opened.