Burglary suspects held after high-speed police chase
Four Belfast men accused of an early morning crime spree threw bottles of stolen booze out of a car window during a high-speed motorway police pursuit, a Belfast Magistrates Court has heard.
Kevin Brady (31), from Marsden Terrace; Sean McCann (25), from Cuchulainn House; Joseph McDonnell (26), from Cedar Avenue, and Martin Ferguson (22), from Henderson Avenue, were remanded into custody at the weekend jointly charged with three house burglaries on Friday.
Brady is also charged with stealing a Seat Leon and driving it dangerously, while the other three are all charged with allowing themselves to be carried in a stolen car. Brady and McDonnell are also charged with two aggravated burglaries at houses in Crumlin and Nutts Corner.
Brady is further charged with driving a stolen off-road vehicle dangerously at Ballysillan Park in north Belfast and four counts of aggravated vehicle theft.
A detective said the crime spree started just before 4am when the Leon was stolen.
A car with a similar description was used in house burglaries in Belfast and Newtownabbey and items stolen from a house in Jordanstown were later recovered from the car, she said.
Just after 6am traffic police spotted the Leon in north Belfast and began a high-speed pursuit up the motorway with items including bottles of booze being thrown out of the speeding car.
Ferguson and McCann were arrested at the scene. Brady and McDonnell were arrested later, after two more burglaries and a second police pursuit ended in north Belfast when a stolen car ploughed into PSNI vehicles.