McWilliams Car Sales, Portadown, July 2021McWilliams Car Sales, Portadown, July 2021

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Car thief knocked dealership owner to the ground as he made off in Kia Sportage

  • Donald Brian McComb hit dealership boss Terry McWilliams with stolen SUV
  • Thief was picked up about half a mile away after crashing into hedge
  • He was jailed for 28 months but will be out in about two months

Time 10:35 am, July 26, 2022

A car thief who knocked a dealership owner to the ground by hitting him with the Kia Sportage he was making off with was jailed for more than two years – but will only serve approximately two months.

Donald Brian McComb – who had 128 previous convictions – broke into an office at McWilliams Car Sales in Portadown and took the keys to the Sportage and another vehicle, reported the Belfast Telegraph.

Dealership owner Terry McWilliams heard McComb, 36, start up the SUV and tried to prevent him from making off in it by standing in front of the vehicle.


However, McComb simply speeded up and hit Mr McWilliams with the Sportage, who was thrown to one side after being sent up the bonnet.

Fortunately, he wasn’t seriously injured, Judge Patrick Lynch at Craigavon Crown Court was reported as saying.

The silver Sportage was later seen crashed into a hedge about half a mile away after McComb almost caused accidents at two roundabouts and went through a red light.

Police arrested him nearby after receiving a report of someone who was suspected to be drink-driving.


McComb, of no fixed abode and who appeared in court via a video link from jail, had earlier admitted burglary, aggravated vehicle theft, dangerous driving and assault.

The court was told he had an ‘extensive record’ totalling 128 convictions that included assault, burglary and dangerous driving.

In mitigation, defence counsel Conor Coulter said McComb had ‘expressed regret and remorse’, although McComb couldn’t explain why he’d committed the offences.

McComb was banned from driving for three years and jailed for 28 months, with 12 months to be spent behind bars and the rest under supervision on licence.

However, he’ll be released in about two months because of the amount of time that he’s already served.

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