Police called off '90mph pursuit' in Ballymena because of 'risk'

Police called off '90mph pursuit' in Ballymena because of 'risk'


POLICE called off a pursuit of a driver "due to the risk involved" after an Audi flagged as being uninsured sped off, reaching speeds estimated at up to 90mph, Ballymena Magistrates Court was told.

William Jake Stewart (22), with an address listed on the charge sheet as River View in Ballymena, admitted dangerous driving and absence of insurance in relation to 9.30pm on March 12 last year.

A prosecutor said police saw the Audi turn into Clarence Street in Ballymena and when their system flagged up an insurance offence they attempted to stop the vehicle.

Upon seeing police the car mounted a footpath.

Police activated lights and sirens and gave chase for around 1.5 miles but then quit the pursuit as it was perceived to be too risky.

At Ballymena Magistrates Court, District Judge Nigel Broderick said he would like a pre-sentence report and handed down an interim driving ban and adjourned the case to October 28.