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Woman nearly hit police officer when she drove through a vehicle checkpoint

Defendant due back in court next month for sentencing

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A Craigavon woman who nearly hit a police officer after failing to stop at a vehicle checkpoint must wait until next month to learn her fate.

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Court heard that during the incident which took place in 2016 the 33-year-old failed to slow down with one officer having to take evasive action.

Karen-Lee Fields, of Pinebank, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving and failing to stop for police at Craigavon Magistrates’ Court on Friday.

Court heard that at 1.30am on July 25, 2016, police were performing a vehicle checkpoint on the Gilford Road, Bleary.

The defendant, who was driving a Ford Focus, did not slow down upon her approach.

One constable had to jump out of the way of the vehicle so as not to be hit before it drove off.

Police attended the home of the last registered keeper of the vehicle.

They found the car in the driveway of the property with its tyres and bonnet still warm.

Fields was subsequently arrested and made a no comment interview.

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District Judge Bernie Kelly commented that she would need a pre-sentence report in the case.

The defendant must appear on April 15 to be sentenced.

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