Uninsured motorist made off from police and her driving was considered so dangerous a pursuit was called off

An uninsured motorist made off from the PSNI and her driving – at over 70mph in wet conditions on the Ringrash Road at Macosquin when oncoming vehicles were forced onto the verge to avoid collisions – was considered so dangerous police ended the pursuit.

When the vehicle was later spotted parked in the Articlave area Lauren Wilson reversed into an unmarked police car.

The defendant refused to open the car door and an officer used a baton to break a window.
Wilson (27) – formerly of Farranseer Park in Macosquin but now with an address in the Park area near Claudy – was “highly violent” and kicked out and refused to provide a specimen of breath during the incident last November.

When later interviewed she said she didn’t have the money to pay for insurance.

Coleraine Magistrates Court was told Wilson had pleaded guilty to a number of charges including dangerous driving; failing to stop for police and using a Volkswagen Jetta car without insurance.

She also admitted failing to provide a specimen of breath; a driving licence offence and obstructing and assaulting police.

Defence barrister Dean Mooney said Wilson’s reaction to being approached by police was “somewhat bizarre” as she only had one previous insurance offence.

The lawyer claimed the defendant had “some history” with a police officer and was “terrified” of the individual.

He said the offences were a “complete aberration” for Wilson.

District Judge Liam McNally said he would not have liked to have been a driver forced off the Ringrash Road by Wilson “hurtling along”.

He said it was very rare for him to send people to prison when they effectively had a clear record but he said her case could well be an exception.

He said he wished to pass the case to later in the court to look at the details of the case more closely.

In the afternoon he then deferred sentence for a year.

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