Man who ran off from stolen car told police: ‘I’m sore all over from the vehicle crashing’

A MAN who was a passenger in a stolen car which tried to out-run police in the early hours before being halted by a ‘stinger’ device at the Ulster University told officers when interviewed: “I’m sore all over from the vehicle crashing”.

Dean Campbell (18), with an address listed as Swilly Close in Portstewart, admitted allowing himself to be carried knowing a Ford Sierra car had been taken without the consent of the owner on February 20 this year.

A prosecutor told Coleraine Magistrates Court police received a call from a man that a car had been stolen from outside his home.

Police spotted the vehicle and followed with lights and sirens on.
After a ‘stinger’ device was deployed the driver and Campbell, who was a passenger, made off across university grounds at Coleraine but were detained.

Defence barrister Francis Rafferty said the case was Campbell’s first appearance in the adult court.

Campbell was ordered to do 100 hours of Community Service.

A previous court was told the driver of the car – Billy Stirling – had blasted through three sets of red traffic lights at the Lodge Road Roundabout in Coleraine and had driven straight across a grass area at the town’s Ballycastle Road Roundabout.

Stirling admitted driving dangerously on roads between and including Dunhill Road and Cromore Road.

He also admitted the aggravated taking of a Ford Sierra; failing to stop for police at Coleraine’s Ring Road as well as insurance and licence offences.

A defence lawyer told the earlier court Stirling had taken his cousin’s car.

Stirling had been jailed for four months and was banned from driving for 18 months and fined £200.

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