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Man (31) arrested after police car rammed in Derry

A police car with an officer inside it was rammed in Derry on January 13. Picture from the PSNI
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A 31-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the ramming of a police car in Derry.

The man has been arrested on suspicion of two counts of attempting to cause grievous bodily injury by dangerous driving, driving a motor vehicle without insurance, driving while disqualified, and failing to stop, report and remain where an accident has occurred causing injury. 

Police said that shortly before 9.10pm on Friday January 13 officers stopped a maroon-coloured Volvo S60, registration UCZ 4284,  at the junction of Buncrana Road and Upper Galliagh Road.

One officer got out of a police car and walked towards the vehicle, which was driven at him. The officer had to jump out of the way to avoid being hit. It then rammed the parked police car in which a second police officer was sitting, before driving off in the direction of Whitehouse Road.

PSNI Inspector Ryan Robb said: "Our officers sustained neck and arm pain as a result of this despicable incident, and we are fortunate we're not dealing with more serious injuries. The officers were also left shaken by what happened. 

"As enquiries continue, we’re keen to hear from anyone who believes they saw the vehicle involved to get in touch with us which, as a result of the incident, sustained substantial damage to its rear passenger side. In particular, we want to hear from anyone with dashcam who may have captured the vehicle being driven on Skeoge Road, Buncrana Road and Upper Galliagh Road prior to, and after this incident.

"We believe the vehicle also have been driven into County Donegal at some point after the incident and yesterday afternoon. Again, anyone with information about its movements or whereabouts is asked to call us." 


A police car with an officer inside it was rammed in Derry on January 13. Picture from the PSNI



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