Police spotted 'dirty' number plate but then called off pursuit through Ballymena because of man's dangerous driving

Police spotted 'dirty' number plate but then called off pursuit through Ballymena because of man's dangerous driving

POLICE called off a pursuit of a motorist through Ballymena when it was deemed too dangerous after initially wanting to speak to him about 'dirt' making a number plate 'almost unreadable'.

William Hamilton (19), with an address listed as Carnlough Road, Broughshane, admitted driving dangerously and failing to stop for police on November 18 last year.

A prosecutor said police were waiting at traffic lights at Linenhall Street in Ballymena when they noticed Hamilton's number plate.

They activated lights and sirens to get the vehicle to stop so "guidance could be given" but the defendant continued on at Larne Road Link and at Crebilly Road he accelerated "at speed" and overtook vehicles "well in excess of the 30mph speed restriction".

Police were following at around 50mph and the defendant's vehicle went through a mini-roundabout whilst overtaking a vehicle.

The prosecutor added: "Given the manner of driving the police decided to deactivate the lights and sirens and slow down".

A defence solicitor told the court the defendant is now working in Tipperary.

Hamilton also pleaded guilty to possessing cannabis on November 26, 2021.

Police stopped him at Garfield Place in Ballymena. There was a strong smell of cannabis and ten grammes of herbal cannabis was located.

The defendant was given an interim driving ban and his case was adjourned to August 11 for a pre-sentence report.

  • Main picture: General scene picture of the Crebilly Road in Ballymena from Google Maps.