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Man accused of driving off with police officer on bonnet refused bail

A police officer opposed bail and outlined the incident to Derry magistrates court

A MAN accused of driving off with a police officer on his bonnet has been refused bail.

Adam McMonagle (28) of no fixed abode is charged with attempting to cause grievous bodily injury to a police officer on May 2. He also faces two charges of assault on police, dangerous driving and driving while disqualified on the same date.

A police officer opposed bail and outlined the incident to Derry magistrates court.

He said police on patrol on the Skeoge Road saw an Audi car travelling at speed in the opposite carriageway. They turned to approach this vehicle and noticed traffic had backed up due to the driver of the Audi having stopped and engaging with the driver of another vehicle.

When police approached, the driver of the Audi ran back to his vehicle and despite there being an officer in front tried to drive away. Another officer used his baton to smash the driver's window but the vehicle drove on and the officer was forced to jump onto the bonnet.

The court heard that the vehicle travelled for some 30 metres and when it showed no signs of slowing down the officer let go and fell onto the road sustaining bruising to his hip. The police spoke to the driver of the other vehicle who said the driver of the Audi had approached him in an aggressive manner shouting at him "to get out of the car".

The court heard that McMonagle handed himself in to police.

Defence counsel Stephen Chapman said his client had spent four and a half months in custody.

District Judge Oonagh Mullen denied bail. McMonagle will appear again on September 8.

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