Tyrone man crashed into field after 40-minute police chase

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Police pursued a Caledon man for 40 minutes before he crashed into a field, a court has heard.

Officers on the M1 clocked a van at 90mph travelling towards Dungannon on the evening of April 11.

Dungannon Courthouse TT0509-JS112

Dungannon Courthouse TT0509-JS112

The defendant, Kevin Collins, 24, from Castle Drive, failed to stop and performed “several dangerous manoeuvres” during a forty minute chase.

The defendant was finally detained after he crashed into a farmer’s field.

At the scene he was heard to state: “It wasn’t me. I wasn’t driving.”

A small amount of cannabis was found on his person and he admitted to having smoked some of the drug that day. He refused to provide a breath sample.

A small amount of cannabis was found on his person and he admitted to having smoked some of the drug that day.

He further admitted being a pedestrian on the motorway on June 6.

Despite the defendant’s wish to waive his right, District Judge John Meehan adjourned the case for sentencing on November 25.