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Two men suspected of being involved in high speed chase with police released on bail

Two men suspected of being involved in a high speed chase with police in the early hours of Saturday morning have been released on bail.

A black Audi, which was reported for alleged speeding on the Keady Road, Newtownhamilton, collided with a PSNI car at about 2.45am.

Police signalled for the driver to stop using their blue flashing lights but, as the Audi continued on, it collided with the police car and then drove off.

Two officers who were in the police car at the time were not hurt but their vehicle sustained “slight damage”.

A 22-year-old man was arrested after a short pursuit on foot and 30 minutes later a second man, aged 24, was also detained.

They were questioned about a number of traffic-related offences, including dangerous driving, drink-driving and failing to stop for police.

Chief Inspector Barney O’Connor said: “Our police vehicle suffered slight damage to its side, and thankfully, our two officers who were in the car were not injured.

“I want to appeal to anyone who witnessed what occurred this morning, or has information which they believe may assist our investigation to call us on 101 and quote reference number 174 of 09/11/19.”

Information can also be given anonymously through the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Chief Inspector O’Connor added: “I would also take this opportunity to continue to appeal to anyone with any concerns about any type of suspicious activity, anti-social behaviour or any community concern to pick up the phone and call us and we will investigate accordingly.”

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