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Man arrested after police car rammed in west Belfast

Police officers made the arrest after pursuing a vehicle that failed to stop on the Springfield Road.
Allan Preston

A suspected drink driver has been arrested in west Belfast after a police vehicle was rammed on Sunday morning.

Police said the 27-year-old man was detained after a vehicle on the Springfield Road failed to stop for officers around 10.30am.

Inspector Adair said police following the vehicle into the Iris Grove area, where a rear passenger exited the vehicle on foot, leaving the door open.

“The driver subsequently reversed, and the open door struck the police vehicle, causing minor damage."

No injuries were reported and the driver was arrested on suspicion of a number of offences, including driving whilst unfit through drink or drugs, aggravated vehicle taking, driving whilst unqualified and having no insurance,

He has since been released on bail to return for further questioning at a later date.

Inspector Adair added: “Our enquiries are continuing. Anyone who may have witnessed the incident, or has any information which could assist, in particular to identify a second person who made off from the vehicle, is asked to contact 101.

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