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Man charged after injuring three police officers in Broughshane

Red Vauxhall vectra crashed

Police have charged a 35-year-old man with a number of motoring offences including dangerous driving, aggravated vehicle taking causing damage to the vehicle and driving when unfit through drink or drugs.

The charges follow the report of a disturbance at a house in the Rathkeel Road area of Ballymena around 11.35pm on Thursday, November 9. A red Vauxhall Vectra was driven directly at one of the attending officers outside the home, forcing him to jump out of the way of the approaching vehicle.

The Vectra continued for a short distance before ramming a stationary police vehicle, with the force of the collision causing the police car to strike an officer nearby and forcing another officer to jump out of the way to avoid being hit by the Vectra.

The suspect then continued in his vehicle in the direction of Broughshane, losing a tyre on the way, which in turn struck another car travelling along the same road.

Police were able to successfully pursue the suspect vehicle and deploy a stinger device. The vehicle then collided with the fence of a house on Whinsmoor Road and stopped.

He is expected to appear before Ballymena Magistrates Court on Saturday, November 11.

As is usual procedure the charges will be reviewed by the Public Prosecution Service.


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