02/02/2005

Six police officers hurt in Downpatrick car chase

Six police officers have been injured following a hit and run incident in Co Down on Tuesday.

Officers signalled to a car to stop at around 10.15pm in Downpatrick following reports of a vehicle being driven erratically between Crossgar and Saintfield.

However, the vehicle continued on and hit a gatepost before being driven from the scene and striking the front of a police car before hitting another two police vehicles at Glenview Road in Ballynahinch.

Five people were eventually apprehended and charged with a number of motoring offences before being released on police bail.

Six officers were hurt in the incident, while all are suffering from shock and bruising, none were seriously injured.

(MB/SP)

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