Newry police charge man, 40, with over ten offences after recent incidents

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Friday, May 29th, 2020
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A 40-year-old man has been charged with over ten offences, including driving with excess alcohol on breath and dangerous driving.

He was also charged with failing to stop for police, no L plates displayed, unaccompanied L driver and using a motor vehicle without insurance.



The charges are in relation to an incident in which a car failed to stop for police.

The man was arrested in the Ferryhill Park area of Newry on Friday 22 May.



Speaking to Newry Times, Inspector Stewart explained, “At around 7:50pm, police received a report from An Garda Siochana that a red VW Golf was heading towards the Fathom Line area of Newry.

“It was believed the driver was involved in an incident across the border and may have been in possession of a suspected firearm.



“Police set up a vehicle checkpoint in the area, but the vehicle failed to stop and made off at high speed.

“Police then located the vehicle on the Ferryhill Road, when the driver attempted to make off from the scene and struck both a wall of a property and two police cars.

“There were no reports of any serious injuries during the incident and no firearm was located, as police detained the male in the area.

“We are fortunate that there were no serious injuries which may have occurred.

“I would like to thank An Garda Siochana for their cooperation in helping to detain this individual, who showed a complete disregard for the safety of the local community by his actions,” he added.



The man was also charged with two counts of dangerous driving, three counts of handling stolen goods, possessing an article with a blade or point in public place and possession of an offensive weapon in a public place.

These charges relate to an incident on Sunday 4 June 2017 in which a police vehicle was rammed at the Edenappa Road area of Jonesborough.

He appeared at Newry Magistrates Court on Monday 25 May via video link.

As is normal procedure, all charges will be reviewed by the Public Prosecution Service.




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