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‘High-ranking’ Newtownabbey fireman banned from driving for 12 months after police chase


A "high-ranking" fireman being pursued by police drove at speed and went the wrong way on a roundabout, a court heard today.

Prosecutors said Alan O'Neill was later located in bushes after running from a van in Newtownabbey, Co Antrim.

The 40-year-old had been suffering from stress and exhaustion following efforts dealing with a major fire in the Mourne Mountains, a judge was told.

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