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Pair arrested after Audi rams patrol car

Two men were arrested after a black Audi rammed a PSNI patrol car before its occupants made off with police in hot pursuit.

The incident occurred in the early hours of Saturday morning when police officers on mobile patrol on the Keady Road in Newtownhamilton were alerted to a black Audi being driven at high speed.  Just over half an hour later, the same vehicle was spotted on the Armagh Road in the town.  As police used flashing blue lights signaling the driver to stop, the vehicle rammed the police car before driving off.

Chief Inspector Barney O’Connor described how events unfolded: “After a short pursuit on foot, a 22-year-old man was arrested and, roughly 30 minutes later, police arrested a second man, aged 24.  Both men were arrested on suspicion of a number of traffic-related offences, including dangerous driving, driving with excess alcohol in breath and failing to stop for police.

“Our police vehicle suffered slight damage to its side, and thankfully, our two officers who were in the car were not injured.  I want to appeal to anyone who witnessed what occurred this morning, or has information which they believe may assist our investigation to call us on 101 and quote reference number 174 of 09/11/19,” he added.

The pair were later released on police bail pending further enquiries.

Earlier in the week, a black Audi was reportedly used by a gang who attempted to break into a house on Cortreasla Road, Glassdrummond on Monday afternoon.  An alert resident noticed the suspicious activity and the gang made off on foot across nearby fields.  Police were called, however, in the meantime dozens of locals scoured the area in a bid to locate the suspected burglars.  Soon after one man was apprehended and held until police arrived.

The 20-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of a number of offences.  However, following further enquiries, police revealed he was later de-arrested and was issued with a Community Resolution Notice (CRN) for a drugs offence.

A CRN offers police an alternative option to deal with what they believe to be less serious offences and allows officers to use their professional judgement when dealing with offenders.