Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 12 July 2014

Car theft crash suspect ‘thanked Jesus for escape’

A man accused of crashing a stolen car into a lorry during a high-speed police chase through rush-hour motorway traffic claimed Jesus was looking after them, the High Court has heard.

An officer who saw the Nissan Sunny being wrecked by the collision was relieved to see the suspect flee because he feared the driver could not have survived.

Sean O'Callaghan also collided with three other vehicles, including a police car, along parts of the M1 near Belfast, it was alleged. The 22-year-old, of no fixed abode, was arrested and claimed not to have slept for five days.

He faces nine charges, including dangerous driving, driving while unfit through drink or drugs, aggravated vehicle taking, causing damage to another vehicle and failing to stop for police.

Fiona O'Kane, prosecuting, told a bail hearing that the car he was allegedly driving on April 12 was stolen the night before from Ballyshannon in Co Donegal

The Nissan eventually crashed into the back of a lorry stopped at traffic lights on the Stockman's Lane off-slip, the court heard.

O'Callaghan was later arrested.

As the charges were put to him he allegedly told police: “Jesus was looking after us all.”

Bail was refused.

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