Bench warrant for man who led Gardaí on high-speed chase to border

March 20, 2021

A DERRY man led Gardaí on a high-speed chase in Donegal before crossing the border back into Derry.

Shaun Ward (33) of Creevagh Park, Derry, was charged with seven counts of dangerous driving on October 10, 2019.

Ward did not appear for a hearing at Letterkenny District Court and was not represented in Court.

Judge Paul Kelly issued a bench warrant for sentencing.

Ward was stopped by Gardaí on the night in question and asked officers: ‘Why the fuck are you stopping me?’

He told Gardaí that he did not have his licence.

Ward spend off and Gardaí followed.

Garda Barry Gallagher told the Court that, at Magherabeg, Manorcunningham, Ward overtook a line of vehicles, forcing oncoming traffic into the hard shoulder.

At Killyverry, Newtowncunningham, Ward overtook several cars while traveling at speeds of up to 130km/h.

Ward turned right into the Colehill housing estate and drove at high speed before overtaking two vehicles, with opposing traffic in sight, at Rooskey.

Ward drove at 180km/h at Monglass as traffic approached on the main road and continued at big speed at Garshuey, again with a heavy volume of traffic on the road

At Kildrum Upper, Killea, Ward turned onto a minor road at ‘very high speed’ before putting on his hazard lights as he crossed the border into Derry.

Ward has three previous convictions, all for dangerous driving, and has a bench warrant in existence relating to a charge for possession of a controlled drug.