A judge has told a man accused of ramming a police vehicle he is ‘fortunate’ the officers were not seriously injured.
District Judge Peter King made the comment as 20-year-old Ryan McGlinchey applied for bail at the local magistrates court.
McGlinchey, of Benview Estate, is charged with seven driving offences and possessing cannabis on October 9.
The driving charges include aggravated vehicle taking causing damage and aggravated vehicle taking causing injury.
Derry Magistrates Court heard allegations a car was stolen from the driveway of a house in Ivy Mead.
It was seen the following day in the Coshquin area of the city and was used to ram a police vehicle.
The court heard allegations the three police officers in this car sustained whiplash injuries and are still of work as a result.
The stolen car also allegedly crashed into a parked car and a garden wall before the defendant was arrested.
Opposing bail, an investigating officer said the 20-year-old is a ‘priority offender’ because of his involvement in burglary and car crime.
The officer said police fear McGlinchey may commit further offences.
He said there was a lot of ‘community anger’ towards the 20-year-old and police do not feel the bail address in Coshquin is suitable.
District Judge Peter King refused bail for fear of further offences adding he had ‘concerns’ about the defendant’s safety if released.
McGlinchey will appear in court again on December 18.