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.