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Man charged over police chase crash in Newry

Police arrested a man following a police chase that resulted in the driver crashing in Newry.

A 40-year-old man has been charged in connection with a car that crashed during a police chase in Newry.

The PSNI received a report from An Garda Siochána that a driver, believed to have been involved in an incident and was possibly armed with a suspected firearm, was heading across the border towards the Fathom Line area of Newry just before 8pm on Friday.

Police officers set up a vehicle checkpoint but the vehicle failed to stop and drove off at high speed.

Police located the car on the Ferryhill Road, but the driver attempted to make off from the scene and struck a wall of a property and two police cars.

There were no reports of any serious injuries during the incident and no firearm was located, as police detained a man in the area.

The 40-year-old was charged with driving with excess alcohol on breath, dangerous driving, failing to stop for police, no L plates displayed, unaccompanied L driver and using a motor vehicle without insurance.

He was also charged with offences relating to an incident on 4 June 2017 when a police vehicle was rammed at the Edenappa Road area of Jonesborough.

He is due to appear at Newry Magistrates' Court on Monday 25 May via videolink.