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Man (23) jailed for causing devastating crash while being chased by police

A man has been jailed for 28 months for causing a crash during a police chase which left another motorist in a wheelchair

A man has been jailed for causing a crash during a high-speed police chase which left another motorist in a wheelchair.

David Anthony Joseph Barry's unsafe BMW ploughed into another man's car after he jumped a red light while trying to flee officers in Glengormley last year.

Barry (23), of Parkmore, Craigavon, Co Armagh, pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily injury by dangerous driving, driving with no licence, without insurance and with excess alcohol.

He had previous convictions for motoring offences and was told by Judge Patricia Smyth that he will spend two years and four months in prison and the same period on licence upon his release.

Barry was also banned from driving for five years.

Belfast Crown Court heard that such was the force of the 60mph side impact that the other motorist - who was wearing a seatbelt - was catapulted from his Peugeot car and landed on a pavement where he was found unconscious and suffering from horrific fractures and internal abdominal injuries.

This week he travels to London for further surgery but the court was told he will never work again.

Prosecutor Philip Henry said police on patrol at 1.20am on February 21 2016 noticed a BMW 318i driving along Ballyclare Road in Glengormley with no rear number place and its "mud flaps hanging off".

During a chase through north Belfast, Barry jumped two red lights, mounted a pavement at a roundabout narrowly missing a police car and hit speeds of up to 70mph.

He sped into Glengormley village and passed a third red light at the Hightown Road junction, where the victim - then 59 - was coming out with his son in the passenger seat.

His son, who now acts as a carer to his father, also suffered rib injuries.

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