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Derry man accused of two hit-and-runs in one night is refused bail

A man accused of two drunken hit-and-run road crashes in the same night must remain in custody, a High Court judge ruled today.

John McBride was refused bail amid claims he also struggled with police and verbally abused them as they tried to arrest him.

The 39-year-old, of Norburgh Park, Derry, faces a total of 11 charges including counts of failing to report or remain at the scene of an accident, dangerous driving, driving while unfit, assault on police and disorderly behaviour.

Prosecutors said a BMW car he was in left the scene of a collision on the city's Branch Road at speed on May 9.

A further hit-and-run incident was then reported on the Northland Road.

Police who located an extremely intoxicated McBride at a car park in the Shantallow area were subjected to abuse, it was claimed.

Although he refused to provide a breath specimen, stating he had asthma, he was later found to be more than twice the legal drink-drive limit, the court heard.

Defence barrister Sean Doherty argued that McBride should be released due to the level of delay in progressing the case.

But refusing bail, Mr Justice Deeny said: "This was obviously an extremely dangerous piece of driving.

The judge warned prosecutors, however, that he would consider releasing McBride if a preliminary enquiry does not take place next month.

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