Man accused over stolen van which crashed into bus in Belfast refused bail

Man accused over stolen van which crashed into bus in Belfast refused bail

A MAN accused of stealing a van which crashed into the facet of a bus in Belfast after driving off with a police officer “hanging” from the passenger door has been remanded into custody.

amon McTaggart appeared at Belfast Magistrates’ Court on Saturday by videolink from police custody.

The 31-year-old confirmed he understood the costs towards them.

Those offences embody aggravated automobile theft, driving whereas unfit, harmful driving and failing to cease.

The court docket was informed police obtained two 999 calls on Friday afternoon, one referring to a Citroen Relay van being stolen at Bradbury Place and one other regarding a suspected drink driver.

Uniformed officers who have been attending one other name at Victoria Square noticed the van sitting in site visitors.

They approached the automobile however when considered one of them opened the passenger door, McTaggart is alleged to have sped off “with the officer hanging on the passenger door.”

McTaggart, from Tamneymore Park in Londonderry, was arrested after the van crashed into the facet of a bus.

Police objected to bail as a consequence of fears of additional offences. It was additionally revealed McTaggart was already on bail for drink driving.

A defence lawyer conceded McTaggart “struggles with alcohol” and though he was so intoxicated he “can’t keep in mind the incident, he made admissions at interview.”

Refusing bail, the choose described the offences as “completely outrageous”

McTaggart was remanded into custody with the case adjourned till June.

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