15/05/2006

Officers injured during weekend car theft

A man and two teenagers have been charged following a road traffic collision involving a stolen vehicle that left five police officers injured at the weekend.

It has been reported that the Ford Escort in which they were travelling, collided with three police vehicles in north Belfast after it was seen speeding down the wrong way of the motorway in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Police arrested five people in connection with the incident, including a 17-year-old youth who has been charged with aggravated vehicle taking and also stands accused of assaulting police, dangerous driving and driving while unfit.

He will appear at Belfast Magistrates Court next month.

An 18-year-old who was also travelling in the car will appear in court tomorrow, charged with allowing himself to be driven in a stolen car, while a 23-year-old man facing the same charge, will appear in court in Belfast next month.

Two juveniles who were also arrested have been released pending reports.

(EF/SP)

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