A 45-YEAR-OLD man who prompted a high speed car chase through Omagh has been remanded in custody.
A police helicopter had to be scrambled after Malvern Dobbin of Deverney Park in Omagh evaded officers on several occasions as he fled through the town and three surrounding villages.
Appearing in the dock on Thursday, Strabane Magistrates Court was told that Dobbin had already admitted dangerous driving and failing to stop for police following the chase on February 26.
PSNI Detective Constable Giles told the court that at 2pm last Tuesday, a report was received of a stolen Audi A3 car travelling along the M1 towards Ballygawley.
A helicopter was tracking it from the air as the vehicle made its way on towards Augher. There officers attempted, unsuccessfully, to stop it and the Audi carried on towards Seskinore. A second attempt was made to pull it over on the Tullyrush Road but again failed.
Police continued to give chase as the car sped through junctions towards Drumquin in the direction of Scraghey. A squad eventually managed to get in front of the Audi, at which point the driver pulled into the opposite lane with another car oncoming.
The approaching vehicle, doing between 60 and 70mph, was forced on to a grass verge where it skidded.
Some time later the Audi was discovered abandoned over the border in Donegal.
Dobbin was arrested soon after as a passenger in his partner’s car in Killeter.
DC Giles explained that the car, valued at £8,500, had been stolen in Belfast days earlier. The officer added that during interview, Dobbin denied being involved in the theft and one further charge but had admitted his part in the high speed chase and a string of other motoring offences.
The PSNI added that bail was opposed on the grounds that further offences could be admitted.
Denying the bail application, District Judge Liam McNally described the driving as “as bad as I have ever heard of”.
He remanded Dobbin into custody until March 19 at Omagh courthouse.