Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 23 December 2014

Probation for death driver over PSNI chase

A driver who once knocked down and killed a police officer has walked free from court after admitting dangerous driving.

The Recorder of Belfast Judge Tom Burgess handed Charles Pollock (35) an 18-month probation term, saying he was taking account of the fact that the west Belfast man had already served the equivalent of a 21-month sentence on remand.

Earlier the judge heard how Pollock sped away from police after they spotted him driving a Ford Puma car at Broadway roundabout, driving at up to 70mph on the Whiterock Road and overtaking a car on the brow of a hill.

Prosecution lawyer Peter Magill said following on from that incident on April 8, 2009, police were “actively seeking” Pollock. They were unable to arrest him until November 25 when they spotted him again.

Arrested, Pollock, from Glenalina Road, initially denied he was driving. However, last June he pleaded guilty to two charges of driving while disqualified, dangerous driving and driving without insurance. He also publicly apologised to investigating officers.

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