Tried to evade PSNI

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A Portadown man drove at speeds of up to 70mph and on the wrong side of the road in a bid to get away from police, Craigavon Magistrates Court heard last Wednesday.

Twenty-two-year-old Patrick Wilson, Churchill Park, Portadown, admitted dangerous driving, not having a licence, no insurance and failing to stop for police on April 25 this year.

The court heard that at 12.10am police were in a car park at Garvaghy Road when they saw a black Mini car enter the car park.

It turned away and pulled onto the wrong side of the Garvaghy Road as police gave chase using emergency lights and sirens. As they followed the car it reached 60mph in a 30mph zone and travelled on the wrong side of the road, going at 70mph.

On the Derryanvil Road it made a sharp right turn on the wrong side of the road. When it reached Churchill Park the driver abandoned the vehicle and ran off.

Police contacted the registered owner of the car and she said that the defendant had taken her vehicle. Wilson was arrested at 2.05am and said: “I jumped out. It wasn’t me driving, it was my mate.”

District Judge Mervyn Bates said it was a bad example of dangerous driving and as Wilson had suspended sentences on his record he would require a pre-sentence report.

The case was adjourned until July 30.