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Motorist reversed into unmarked police car outside primary school after earlier speeding off from officers

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BT Coleraine

AN uninsured motorist sped off from the PSNI and her driving – at over 70mph in wet conditions on the Ringrash Road at Macosquin when oncoming vehicles were forced onto the verge to avoid collisions – was considered so dangerous police ended the pursuit.

When the vehicle was later spotted near Hezlett Primary School in the Articlave area Lauren Wilson reversed into an unmarked police car, causing damage.
When spoken to by police the defendant refused to open the car door and an officer used a baton to break a window.

Wilson (29) – formerly of Farranseer Park in Macosquin but now with an address in Derry/Londonderry – was “highly violent” and kicked out and refused to provide a specimen of breath during the incident in November, 2018.

When later interviewed she said she didn’t have the money to pay for insurance.

Coleraine Magistrates Court was told Wilson had pleaded guilty to a number of charges including dangerous driving; failing to stop for police and using a Volkswagen Jetta car without insurance.

She also admitted failing to provide a specimen of breath; a driving licence offence and obstructing and assaulting police.

Defence barrister Dean Mooney had told a previous court Wilson’s reaction to being approached by police was “somewhat bizarre” as she only had one previous insurance offence.

The lawyer claimed the defendant had “some history” with a police officer and was “terrified” of the individual. He said the offences were a “complete aberration” for Wilson.

At an earlier court, District Judge Liam McNally said he would not have liked to have been a driver forced off the Ringrash Road by Wilson “hurtling along”.

He said it was very rare for him to send people to prison when they effectively had a clear record but he said her case could well be an exception. However, he had deferred sentence for a year.

The case has only come back to court now and back at Coleraine Court, sitting in Ballymena on Monday, defence barrister Dean Mooney accepted it was a “serious matter”.

District Judge Peter King said an interim driving disqualification had been imposed in January 2019.

He told the defendant: “This was appalling driving. I know these roads particularly well, they are narrow country roads, people can get up to speed. There are blind humps and corners and quite frankly you are lucky you weren’t engaged in a more serious set of events as a result of somebody being injured as a result of a crash”.

The defendant was banned from driving for 18 months and fined £600.

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