Police officers to sue owners of stolen cars if they are injured during chase
Published 19/03/2013 | 10:45
Police officers in Northern Ireland are lodging personal injury claims against victims of car crime whose vehicles have been involved in accidents.
According to the BBC a number of cases involve stolen cars that have been damaged following police chases.
The police have then sustained injuries when bringing the cars to a stop.
Although the owners were not involved, they are being potentially financially penalised as they are being pursued for the civil claims.
The owner's no-claims bonus can be affected and their car insurance premiums can increase as a result.
SDLP MLA Alban Maginness, who brought the matter to the attention of the justice committee, said two of his North Belfast constituents had received claims.
"Here are cases where victims of crime are actually penalised financially as a result of the act of criminals," he said.
"It seems to them and me to be totally unjust and quite unfair that they have to carry the burden of the criminal's actions."