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Crash suspect 'went to ground'

By Alan Erwin

Published 05/08/2016

A man accused of seriously injuring another motorist in a head-on collision by driving the wrong way on a Belfast motorway
A man accused of seriously injuring another motorist in a head-on collision by driving the wrong way on a Belfast motorway "went to ground" for a year, a court heard

A man accused of seriously injuring another motorist in a head-on collision by driving the wrong way on a Belfast motorway "went to ground" for a year, a court heard.

Police claimed 35-year-old David Shields could not be found following a crash on the M2 in December 2014. Shields, of Dunclug Gardens in Ballymena, Co Antrim, was returned for trial but refused bail.

He faces charges of causing grievous bodily injury by dangerous driving and two counts of dangerous driving.

The alleged offences were committed on the motorway's northbound carriageway, and in the areas of Ascot Gardens, Saintfield Road and Upper Knockbreda Road in Belfast.

During a previous hearing it was revealed that the victim sustained a shattered pelvis and serious head injuries. Asked if he wanted to say anything in response to the charges at Belfast Magistrates Court, Shields replied: "No."

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