Motorist escaped from police during 'dangerous' pursuit in County Antrim

Motorist escaped from police during 'dangerous' pursuit in County Antrim

A MOTORIST who initially stopped for police then made off at speed doing 70mph in a 30mph zone and performing "dangerous overtaking" in Antrim town.

A prosecutor told Antrim Magistrates Court, sitting in Ballymena, police received an "anonymous online report" that Jamie Mairs, a disqualified driver, was in the Antrim area in a Toyota Rav4.

Police spotted the vehicle at 10.30pm on July 31 last year and pulled it in in the Dublin Road area of Antrim.

Mairs then sped off and turned into Randalstown Road. Police followed and observed it doing 70mph in a 30mph area and "carry out a number of dangerous overtaking manoeurves," a prosecutor said.

When the vehicle turned right towards Milltown police then lost sight of it.

The defendant - a 23-year-old from Woodside in Lisburn - was spoken to at a later date.

A defence barrister said it was accepted it was a "poor piece of driving. Thankfully, it didn't seem there was a great deal of inconvenience caused to other traffic at the time".

District Judge Nigel Broderick said the defendant had a poor record but he was giving Mairs a "last chance" to avoid jail.

Mairs was given a four months prison term, suspended for two years, and banned from driving for two years.