Belfast Telegraph

Police car ramming thief faces a jail term

By John Cassidy

A disqualified driver who caused £13,000 of damage to two police cars during a pursuit has been remanded in custody to await sentencing.

Paul Liam Valliday (39), of John Blacking House, Lower Regent Street, Belfast, was spotted by police in June last year while behind the wheel of a stolen Audi.

The officers turned on their blue lights and siren, but Valliday failed to stop, and when police tried to box his vehicle in he rammed the car in front.

When officers eventually brought the stolen Audi to a halt they found an air rifle in the rear passenger footwell.

At Belfast Crown Court the defendant admitted nine charges in relation to the incident.

A defence barrister said Valliday had been intoxicated after breaking up with his partner and urged the judge to avoid imposing a custodial term because his client was caring for his father, who has a degenerative lung condition.

Judge Kerr QC said he was remanding Valliday in custody for a week to await a medical report on the condition of the defendant's father before passing sentence.

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