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Motorist who lost tyre after speeding off from police but was located when officers followed track left by rim gets three months jail term

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A MOTORIST who failed to stop for police and hit speeds of up to 90mph has been given a three months jail term.

When he didn’t halt after his front tyre came off the PSNI called off the pursuit because it was too dangerous but instead followed a track made by a rim before finding the vehicle in a lane way near Coleraine.

Barry Coney admitted charges including dangerous driving; failing to stop for police; using a Volkswagen Passat without insurance or MOT and he was an unaccompanied provisional licence holder with no L plates displayed.

The defendant (25), with an address at Sullenboy Park in Cookstown, committed offences on August 5 this year.

Coney drove dangerously at the Ring Road in Coleraine and breached a red light at the Lodge Road Roundabout before driving on to the Mountsandel area of the town.

He collided with a kerb and a tyre came off but as he continued to drive on on just the rim police decided it was too dangerous to continue the pursuit and fell back.

However officers followed a mark left by the rim on the road and found the vehicle in a lane way.

At Coleraine Magistrates Court on November 25 the defendant was also banned from driving for three years and fined £600.

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