NI driver in 'drunken' US horror smash

This is the driving “menace” from Northern Ireland involved in a high-speed horror smash in the US which left six people injured including four teenage girls who required emergency surgery. ungiven man Shane Brolly (24) was arrested at the scene of the head-on crash in Pennsylvania and a local hero pulled the screaming girls from their burning Mazda. Police found opened beer cans “strewn” across the interior of Brolly’s GMC pick-up truck and say he admitted he had been drinking. He and his passenger Eoin ‘Spud’ Quinn, from Dungannon, Co Tyrone, were rushed to hospital along with four high school students.

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Injured passenger Eoin Qui

Injured passenger Eoin Qui

According to police, Mr Quinn suffered “serious internal injuries” which required surgery.

Tributes have been paid to the GAA man on Facebook following the incident with former team-mates and family friends wishing him a speedy recovery. Shane Brolly was previously busted for dangerous driving in Northern Ireland following a 114mph chase with the PSNI in 2019 before he moved to the US and settled in Philadelphia. According to prosecutors in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, he was driving his pick-up on the Bridgetown Pike in Northampton Township last Saturday night, March 27, when it crossed into oncoming traffic while attempting to overtake.

His truck smashed into a Mazda CX5 carrying four teenage girls, all of whom sustained serious injuries with one girl being airlifted to hospital for emergency treatment.

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NI driver in 'drunken' US horror smash

HARROWING: The mangled wreckages of the two cars involved

HARROWING: The mangled wreckages of the two cars involved

According to police documents published on the Bucks County District Attorney’s website, Brolly admitted to driving the truck, drinking earlier in the day and officers could smell alcohol on him. A sworn affidavit by an officer published says: “Shane Brolly identified himself as the operator of the 2013 GMC and did admit to consuming alcoholic beverages throughout the day on March 27 prior to driving which resulted in this crash. “During the on-scene investigation police observed two cases of alcoholic beverage and also numerous opened and unopened cans strewn about the interior.”

Brolly was later charged at his hospital bed on five counts each of aggravated assault and aggravated assault by vehicle, all of which are felonies (serious crimes), and eight counts of recklessly endangering another person. Bucks County district attorney Matt Weintraub slammed Brolly’s driving and said he was in the United States on an expired work visa. He said: “He was completely reckless the way he was driving that night, he has a UK driver’s licence so he is not properly licensed in the state of Pennsylvania.

He shouldn’t have been driving at all.” Brolly was arraigned in his hospital bed “because of the sheer recklessness, the malice, he demonstrated passing on the left-hand side at a high rate of speed, endangering everyone around him”, Weintraub added. Magisterial District Judge Daniel Finello set his bail at £10 million with a 10 per cent payment of £1m required for his release.

This is the second drink-drive horror crash Brolly is alleged to have been responsible for in the last 18 months after he was convicted of leading police on a 114mph chase on country roads just outside Dungiven in 2019.

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NI driver in 'drunken' US horror smash

Shane Brolly in hospital

Shane Brolly in hospital

In June 2019, a Toyota Avensis driven by Brolly was spotted “all over the road” going through Mosside towards Coleraine. A short time later police spotted the vehicle and put on blue lights and sirens but the car failed to stop, Coleraine Magistrates Court was told. Court reports from the time say at one stage police drove alongside Brolly telling him to pull over, and although he indicated he would do so, he then drove on.

Over a period of 16 miles towards Dungiven he drove at speeds up to 114mph on dark country roads and was only stopped when police deployed a stinger device. He fled the vehicle into a field before a PSNI helicopter located him lying face down trying to hide. He refused to give a preliminary breath sample but an evidential breath sample taken later showed a reading of 50 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, with 35mcgs being the legal limit.

The vehicle belonged to Brolly’s father who had not given him permission to take the car. At court he pleaded guilty to charges including dangerous driving; failing to stop for police; aggravated taking and causing damage to a vehicle; absence of insurance; failing to provide a preliminary breath sample, and driving with excess alcohol in his breath. In September 2019 District Judge Peter King imposed an interim driving ban as he adjourned the case for a pre-sentence report before telling Brolly: “You are clearly a menace to road-users.”

Following the crash a GoFundMe page has been set up to help the Neshaminy High School students, dubbed the ‘Neshaminy 4’, with their medical expenses.

It has so far raised over £126,000.

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