Border escape halted in Newry
Tuesday, 7 February 2017
A 36-YEAR-OLD man has been denied bail following a police pursuit, which started in West Belfast and ended in Newry last Wednesday.
James Maughan, of no fixed abode, was driving a Renault Scenic car, towing a blue trailer, but failed to stop for the Auto Crime Team on the Falls Road shortly after 4pm.
The man then allegedly reversed his vehicle into a police car, resulting in two officers suffering from injury.
In a desperate dash for the border, Maughan allegedly drove to Nutts Corner heading south via Moira and Banbridge, while being followed and trained drivers and police helicopter.
The Scenic eventually came to a stop at Craigmore Way after being hit with a stinging device.
Officers from Belfast, Craigavon, Lisburn, Newtownhamilton and Newry were all involved in the dramatic pursuit.
Maughan appeared before Belfast Magistrates Court to face 14 charges connected to the incident.
They include dangerous driving on Belfast's Ligoniel Road, failing to stop, report or remain at the scene of an accident causing injury, and criminal damage to a police vehicle. He is also accused of driving while disqualified and without insurance.
No further details of the alleged incident were disclosed during the brief hearing and Maughan spoke only to confirm he understood the charges against him.
Defence solicitor Adrian Harvey disclosed that Maughan was only released from custody last month.
District Judge Fiona Bagnall remanded Maughan in custody to appear again by video link on March 3.
It is believed that the Scenic may have been in contact with other vehicles whilst evading police.
“I would ask anyone affected or anyone with any information which could assist us with our enquiries to contact officers in Newry on 101 quoting reference 802 01/02/17," said Sergeant Vance.
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