16/05/2003

Man remanded in custody after injuring seven PSNI officers

A Belfast man was remanded in custody at Belfast Magistrates Court today after being charged with assaulting seven PSNI officers in the early hours of yesterday morning.

19-year-old Kevin Phillips from Glencolin Court is facing 16 charges following a high-speed car chase through west Belfast.

The charges related to driving while unfit through drink or drugs, driving while disqualified, dangerous driving and damaging two police Land Rovers and a police car.

One of the police officers injured had been dragged across the road after approaching the driver of a car on the Whiterock Road.

The car then continued to drive at speed through west Belfast before being halted by a police "stinger" device. But not before the vehicle rammed into two Land Rovers and a police car.

Officers inside the vehicles suffered injuries which are not thought to be serious.

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