Belfast Telegraph

Driver for trial over Benone Beach antics

By Eamonn MacDermott

A man from Fahan in Co Donegal has been returned for trial charged with dangerous driving on Benone Beach in Co Londonderry last July.

Paul Doherty (30), of Ballynahone, Fahan, appeared at a preliminary enquiry at Limavady Magistrates Court.

He was charged with dangerous driving on the beach on July 21 and a second charge of dangerous driving on the Seacoast Road on the same date.

The charges relate to an incident when a woman and her daughter were hit by a BMW which was reported to be performing violent manoevres on the beach.

The vehicle left the scene and was pursued by police in a 20-mile chase that also involved the police helicopter.

The car was eventually found partially hidden behind a house with the licence plates removed.

Doherty was arrested nearby.

The mother and child were taken to hospital, where both were treated for cuts and bruising and the child for a fractured collarbone. It was accepted there was a case to answer and Doherty said he did not wish to call any witnesses or make any statement at this time.

He was returned for trial on continuing bail to appear at Derry Crown Court on February 20.

A prosecution solicitor said that additional charges would be added to the indictment.

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