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Accused 'rammed police in stolen car in west Belfast'

By Alan Erwin

Three police officers were injured as a stolen car rammed their vehicles in a bid to escape pursuit, a court heard yesterday.

A judge was told that a man behind the wheel was under the influence and had been banned from driving for up to 12 years.

Paul Liam Valliday faces a total of 12 motoring charges over the incident in west Belfast on Monday.

They include three counts each of aggravated vehicle-taking causing damage to vehicles and causing injury to police constables; driving while disqualified, driving when unfit through drink or drugs, failing to stop for police, and failing to report an accident.

The 38-year-old accused, of no fixed address, was refused bail by the judge.

Belfast Magistrates Court heard Valliday was discovered driving an Audi A3 stolen during an earlier burglary in the city.

A detective involved in the investigation claimed: "He's rammed police vehicles in an attempt to get away whilst under the influence of alcohol."

Hours before the incident in the Ardmoulin Street area the same car was used in an attempted armed robbery in the south of the city, the court heard. Valliday has not been charged with the burglary or the robbery bid.

Opposing bail, the detective said the accused is still serving a 12-year driving ban imposed in 2003.

Defence solicitor Ciaran Toner disputed the police version of events, arguing that his client was being wrongly linked to a series of incidents.

"In fact, this really occurs over a 10-second period," he said.

The court heard that Valliday claims he was rammed by police, sustaining serious injuries.

But District Judge Fiona Bagnall refused bail based on the risk of reoffending.

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