06/10/2015

Two Men Arrested After Stolen Car Crashes In Newtownabbey

Two men have been arrested after a stolen car crashed into two other vehicles in the Newtownabbey area on Tuesday morning.

A silver Renault Clio was reported stolen from a house in east Belfast.

Police spotted the vehicle in the Doagh Road area just before 8.45am and a police chase occurred.

A few minutes later the stolen car collided with two other cars at Station Road, causing traffic disruption in the Shore Road.
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Sergeant Brian Lane said: "Once the collision occurred, the driver of the stolen car got out and made off on foot. This man was pursued by officers on foot, and while crossing the Shore Road he tried to get into an occupied black hatchback car nearby which was being driven towards Carrickfergus. The car got away and the man was arrested a short time later."

A 24-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of aggravated taking and driving away, dangerous driving, failing to remain, failing to report and attempted hijacking.

The other man, aged 23, has been arrested on suspicion of aggravated taking and driving away.

Sergeant Lane continued: "I would appeal to the two people that are believed to have been in the black hatchback, or anyone who may know anything about this incident at all, to contact Newtownabbey Police Station on the non emergency number 101. Or if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details, they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111."

The road has been re-opened.

(CD/LM)

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