Officer injured and PSNI patrol car badly damaged during motorway police pursuit 'ramming': Man has case sent to Antrim Crown Court

Officer injured and PSNI patrol car badly damaged during motorway police pursuit 'ramming': Man has case sent to Antrim Crown Court

A MAN is accused of endangering the life of a police officer after a patrol car was badly damaged after allegedly being rammed off the road during a motorway pursuit in County Antrim.

Thomas McCloskey (19), of Coolnasallagh Road near Dungiven, is charged in relation to the M22 motorway near Antrim on Saturday April 25 last year.

The defendant appeared via video link from his solicitor's office at Antrim Magistrates Court, sitting in Ballymena, on Tuesday.

The charges he faces include causing criminal damage to an Audi A6 PSNI car whilst being reckless as to whether the life of a police officer was endangered; dangerous driving on the M2 and M22 motorways and causing criminal damage to a PSNI BMW 530d xDrive.

During a Preliminary Enquiry - the legal step to send a case to the higher court - a prosecutor submitted there was a case to answer and defence barrister Liam McStay had no contrary submissions.

The defendant was given £500 bail and the case was adjourned for arraignment at Antrim Crown Court on September 28.

At the time of an incident last year police posted a picture of a badly damaged patrol car on social media and said a police officer was treated in hospital "for extensive whiplash injuries" after a car which "failed to stop for police, rammed a patrol vehicle, during a pursuit".

A police statement at the time said: "At around 5.20pm a blue BMW was detected travelling at excessive speed on the M22 by a PSNI Road Policing and Safety patrol. The vehicle was signalled to stop but made off from officers.

"A pursuit of the vehicle, by a fully trained pursuit driver, was then authorised. The driver of the BMW continued to try to evade police before ramming his vehicle into the police car, forcing it off the carriageway. The male police driver was subsequently treated in hospital for extensive whiplash injuries.

"The BMW was then abandoned in a layby on the Moneynick Road and the driver is believed to have made off on foot across nearby fields towards the Staffordstown Road".

  • Main picture: Police issued a picture of their damaged vehicle during an incident near Antrim town last year.