Belfast Telegraph

Six injured after stolen car police chase during school rush hour

Belfast High Court
Belfast High Court

By Alan Erwin

Six people were injured in a crash involving a stolen car spotted swerving in and out of rush-hour traffic at high speed, the High Court heard.

Prosecutors said one of those hurt had to be taken to hospital after the Mercedes E-Class was in a four-vehicle collision on the Saintfield Road in Lisburn.

Details emerged as bail was granted to a 23-year-old man accused of being in the car stolen last week from a house in the city.

Christopher McComb, of no fixed abode, was arrested along with three teenage boys close to the scene of the crash.

He faces 11 charges, including burglary with intent to steal, aggravated vehicle taking causing injury, dangerous driving, failing to stop or remain at the scene of an accident, allowing himself to be carried in a stolen car, and possessing Class C Pregabalin drugs.

The Mercedes was stolen during a break-in at a property in Maze Park early on May 29.

Crown counsel Conor Maguire said police began a pursuit after spotting it travelling towards the Moira roundabout.

He claimed the driver of the vehicle made off at high speed, undertaking and overtaking in heavy traffic on both sides of the road.

"It was a very busy time on a Wednesday morning with a lot of people taking children to school," Mr Maguire submitted.

The court heard police stopped their pursuit before the Mercedes collided with a Peugeot van and made off at high speed.

A short time later the stolen car was involved in a road traffic collision on the Saintfield Road, with extensive damage caused to four vehicles.

"In total six people were injured, one had to be taken to hospital," the barrister disclosed.

He said four males were seen exiting the Mercedes, and claimed that McComb was arrested as he got out.

"This applicant appeared to be under the influence of some intoxicating substance," Mr Maguire added.

Declan Quinn, defending, confirmed that McComb denies the charges.

He argued that there is nothing to connect his client with either the burglary or driving the stolen vehicle.

"The height of the evidence is that he may have been travelling in the car," Mr Quinn contended.

Granting bail for McComb to live under curfew with his grandfather, His Honour Judge Grant requested a £2,000 surety as part of the release conditions.

The judge also ordered: "He's not to travel in any motor vehicle other than in the rear set of such a car as a passenger."

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