A number of Police officers in Belfast have escaped serious injury after vehicle which had failed to stop, rammed three police cars in Belfast City centre in the early hours of this morning, Friday 4th November.
Just after 4.30am this morning, officers on patrol in the Upper Lisburn Road area, observed an Audi A4 which had earlier been alerted for driving erratically and failing to stop for police. Officers signalled for the car to stop but it made off and a short pursuit began. As the vehicle travelled into the city centre, Armed Response Unit officers positioned their vehicles at the Grosvenor Road /Fisherwick Place junction, to stop the Audi.
Superintendent Christian Bradley said, “While our officers attempted to arrest the driver and passenger, the driver repeatedly drove at and rammed the police cars.
“I am thankful that no officers were seriously injured. Were it not for the professionalism and bravery of my colleagues in stopping this vehicle and arresting the driver and passenger involved in this dangerous and violent incident, there could well have been a tragic outcome.”
Two men, a 54 year old and a 30 year old have been arrested on suspicion of a range of offences including dangerous driving, driving without a licence/ insurance and failure to provide a preliminary breath test. They currently remain in custody.
An investigation is underway. Anyone who witnessed the incident, or anyone with dash cam footage is asked to call police on 101, and quote reference number 220 of 4/11/22.
A report can be submitted online using the non-emergency reporting form via www.psni.police.uk/makeareport/
You can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org/