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Three injured by ‘do-nutting’ hit-and-run driver

Two PSNI officers and a female pedestrian were injured by a hit-and-run driver who had been attempting a ‘donut’ manoeuvre near Newry on the evening of Thursday 9th May, The Examiner has learned.

The incident occurred at the site of the former Customs post on the Old Dublin Road, which has become notorious as a location where young drivers converge weekly to carry out reckless driving stunts for the entertainment of dozens of on-lookers.

Around 11.30pm on Thursday 9th May, police responded to a report of anti-social driving, and arrived on the scene and to observe a driver ‘do-nutting’ his vehicle.

Officers used the blue lights on the patrol car to signal the driver to stop. However, in an attempt to flee the scene, the driver rammed the police car before colliding with a parked vehicle and a female pedestrian who was standing nearby.  The woman was taken to hospital for treatment for her injuries, which are not believed to have been life-threatening.  The two police officers also sustained injuries in the incident.

PSNI Constable Gerry Roberts has appealed for anyone who witnessed the incident or who may have phone or dashcam footage to contact police on 101, quoting reference number 11 of 10/05/19.  Alternatively, information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime.

This is the latest in a series of incidents relating to the regular ‘cruising’ events held at the border site where previously residents raised fears that they are “a fatality waiting to happen”.  And unfortunately, a proactive approach to help end the activity from local community groups and politicians, as well as the PSNI and Garda Siochána, appears to have had little effect.