Police Catch 14 Year-Old Driving Car In Co L'Derry

Police said they are lucky not to be dealing with multiple fatalities after discovering a car driven by a 14 year-old in Co L'Derry.

The Mini, filled with youths of a similar age, was observed in the Bellaghy area at around 3am on Wednesday morning, 30 October.

"When we tried to stop the vehicle it attempted to make off, crashing into a field," a PSNI spokesperson said. "The 'driver' clearly having no idea how to handle the car."
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Occupants fled the scene in different directions, prompting deployment of additional police crews and dog call signs. The youths were soon rounded up from neighbouring fields and hedges.

"The driver turned out to be a 14 year-old with the rest in the car of a similar age.

"Think about that for a second, a 14 year-old ripping about the roads with his mates packed into the car at 3 AM - and there are still a small number who complain we're too hard on ropey cars and drivers in this district.

"Really is a case of WISE UP!"

Police are continuing to investigate the circumstances of the incident and said it's lucky no one was injured.


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