Court hears how officer sustained injuries during deployment of stinger device

Court hears how officer sustained injuries during deployment of stinger device

A court heard this afternoon how a police officer sustained injuries during the deployment of a stinger device on the Gateside Road following a pursuit in the early hours of Saturday morning.  

Although the injuries were not elaborated on in court, Causeway Coast Community understands the male officer sustained serious injuries to his right hand and fingers and remains in hospital.  

Michael Higgins (20) of Quilly Road, Articlave appeared by video link from Antrim Court cells charged with several offences including, driving while disqualified, using a motor vehicle without insurance, failing to stop for police and causing grievous bodily injury by dangerous driving.

The court further heard that the defendant expressed regret for the injuries and was sorry to have caused them.

He was remanded, and the case was adjourned until October 25.

In a statement to Causeway Coast Community yesterday a police spokesperson said that they would be commenting 'no further on the officer's condition.'  

A NI Police Federation spokesperson said, "Our thoughts and best wishes are with the officer who was injured performing his duty on behalf of the entire community."

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