Man charged over high speed city pursuit

Published Saturday, 10 May 2014
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A west Belfast man has been remanded into custody charged with a litany of driving offence following a high speed pursuit across the city.

Man charged over high speed city pursuit
The pursuit took place on Thursday night. (© UTV)

Appearing at Lisburn Magistrates' Court on Saturday in a blue t-shirt and body warmer, Daniel Patrick Paul Johnston confirmed that he understood the eight charges against him.

Johnston, 32 and from St James' Place in Belfast, faces charges for a number of offences which occurred on Thursday.

The charges are that he drove dangerously on the Upper Malone Road, drove while disqualified, without insurance, caused criminal damage to a road barrier at Tesco in Dunmurry and four charges relating to a crash at which which he failed to stop and failed to report.

Constable McKenzie told the court that he believed he could connect Johnston to each of the charges and as no bail application was lodged with the court, District Judge Rosemary Watters remanded him into custody to appear again via videolink on 19 May.

A Jaguar X type, which was stolen in the Castlereagh area on Monday, was spotted in the Ballylesson Road in the south of the city shortly before 9pm on Thursday.

After colliding with a barrier and a parked car at the Ladybrook Park area of west Belfast, the stolen car came to a stop just before 9.35pm at a Park and Ride car park near the M1 and the man was arrested by officers from PSNI Dunmurry's Tactical Crime Team.

© UTV News
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