Constituency Crime Newry and Armagh

Newry Man who Allegedly Rammed Police Cars Refused Bail

A 32-year-old man who allegedly rammed two police cars on Thursday has been refused bail.

Kenneth Thomas McAteer, from St Moninna Park in Newry, is charged with nine offences including dangerous driving. Three police officers were injured during the incident, which took place in the early hours of the morning on the Flagstaff road near Newry.

Officers saw McAteer climb into the back seat of the Mercedes before he was breathalysed, displaying a reading of twice the legal drink driving limit. A quantity of cannabis and pregabalin, a medication used to treat epilepsy, was found in the roof lining of the Mercedes.

Appearing by videolink from police custody, McAteer confirmed he understood the nine charges against him.

These charges include driving while banned and without insurance, two counts of dangerous driving, failing to stop for police and three charges of attempting to cause grievous bodily injury to police officers by dangerous driving.

District Judge Mark Garrity said he was concerned about the risk “to officers and members of the public” in addition to concerns about further offences. He refused bail and remanded McAteer into custody, adjourning the case to 1 February.


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