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Man arrested after cross country police chase

A MAN has been arrested on suspicion of 17 offences, following a  protracted chase with police.

According to a PSNI post to social media, the incident began last week  when a young couple drove into the McDonald’s drive-thru in Strabane. 

At the time, an employee at the restaurant suspected the driver was  unfit to be behind the wheel and contacted police.

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Dubbed ‘Bonnie and Clyde’ by police, what happened next resulted in  crashes, cross country chases and a stolen car.

“Having driven there (to McDonald’s) they believed Clyde was unfit to  be behind the wheel,” a PSNI spokesperson explained. “Quicker than you  can flip a burger, off we went and before you could say, ‘I’m loving  it’ we had the drive thru blocked – so we thought!

“Upon seeing police Clyde had the bright idea to squeeze between the  pedestrian bollards into oncoming traffic at speed and into the  afternoon sun, without lunch.

“Despite our best efforts to save face the vehicle was nowhere to be  seen however a short time later (it) was involved in another incident  coming to an abrupt stop in a ditch.

“Off Bonnie and Clyde went running through the fields and in pursuit  were two of our colleagues, unfortunately going at a slower pace  (because of the body armour of course).”

At this juncture, the young couple managed to give police the slip. 

However police were then informed that ‘Clyde’ had stolen a car and  was last seen heading towards Enniskillen.

The spokesperson continued, “Enter PSNI Strabane’s very own version of  Rambo who went off in search of the vehicle and located it abandoned  following another collision, this time with a fence. Again off Clyde  went running through the Fermanagh countryside however ‘Rambo’ located  and apprehended him, following a cross country trail through fields 
and streams.

“Clyde was subsequently arrested on suspicion of 17 offences amongst  them dangerous driving and driving whilst unfit and is currently  enjoying five-star dining in the big house. Bonnie is still at large  however is not wanted in relation to the matter so is safe to return  to collect her burger and milkshake any time.”

They concluded, “Thanks to our colleagues in Enniskillen for their  help with this matter. Things could have ended a lot differently on  several occasions and this post could have taken an altogether more  serious tone.”

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