An alleged drink driver who hit speeds of up to 114mph along unlit country roads during a 16-mile police chase before the tyres of the vehicle were burst by a police ‘stinger’ device, has been given bail.
Shane Patrick Anthony Brolly (22), a joiner of Hass Park in Dungiven, had allegedly ran off and tried to hide in fields before being located with the help of a police helicopter which had been drafted in.
The defendant appeared in the dock at Coleraine Magistrates Court on July 22 and it was heard bail had previously been perfected at the High Court.
After the court, in response to a press enquiry, the Courts Service confirmed the terms of bail in the sum of £900 included a 9pm-5am curfew with electronic monitoring; an alcohol ban; he must surrender his passport; he must seek employment and he must not travel in the front seats of any motor vehicle save for commercial vehicles.
At Coleraine Court on July 22 the defendant was released on continuing bail as the case was adjourned to mid-August.
At a previous court a prosecutor said police received a report in the early hours of Sunday June 23 of a suspected drink driver “all over the road” at Mosside.
Police located the vehicle – a Toyota Avensis – in the area of Strand Road roundabout in Coleraine and drew alongside it and signalled for the driver to stop.
After indicating he would pull in the driver sped off with police in pursuit using sirens and flashing lights.
Objecting to bail, a police officer said Brolly drove at speeds of up to 114mph along Dunhill Road, Cashel Road and Belraugh Road in the Macosquin and Ringsend areas and onto the Legavallon Road towards Dungiven.
The officer said parts of the roads were in “total darkness” and other vehicles were present.
A ‘stinger’ device was deployed bursting the two front tyres of the vehicle making it come to a “controlled stop”, the officer said.
Brolly then exited the vehicle and ran into a field before a police helicopter located him lying face down trying to hide.
The vehicle belonged to Brolly’s father.
Brolly was taken to Coleraine Police Station and gave an alcohol in breath reading of 50 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath – the legal limit is 35mcgs.
In relation to the police chase, Brolly was charged with dangerous driving; failing to stop for police; using a vehicle without insurance; failing to provide a preliminary breath specimen; driving with excess alcohol in his breath and aggravated taking a vehicle without the consent of the owner.
A defence lawyer told the earlier court the defendant would be pleading guilty to a number of charges related to the case.
Brolly had previously been refused bail when he first appeared at Coleraine Court.