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Driver 'injured police in car pursuit'

By Alan Erwin

Published 29/01/2016

Francis Kenney is accused of being behind the wheel of car that crashed into PSNI vehicles
Francis Kenney is accused of being behind the wheel of car that crashed into PSNI vehicles

Four police officers were injured in collisions with an alleged drink-driver being pursued through west Belfast, a court heard.

Francis Martin Kennedy is accused of being behind the wheel of a car that crashed into their vehicles on Tuesday.

The 39-year-old, of Stewartstown Road in Dunmurry, appeared before Belfast Magistrates' Court yesterday charged with 11 motoring offences.

Police said they began to pursue a Honda Accord after it jumped a red light on Albert Street. The car stopped on the Falls Road, but then sped up and struck a PSNI vehicle, injuring two officers.

A judge was told the Honda then travelled at speed along Leeson Street and on into Odessa Street.

It hit a parked van and crashed into a second police car, causing injuries to a further two officers.

The driver then tried to flee the scene, it is alleged.

Refusing bail, District Judge Meehan said of the alleged offences: "It's an egregious and reckless state of driving, compounded with drink."

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