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Teens cut from car after crash

Three injured teenage passengers had to be cut from a car after it crashed into a tree following a border chase with gardai, the High Court has heard.

A man accused of driving the Peugeot 207 before losing control at a speed of up to 100mph allegedly left the scene of the accident near Meigh, Co Armagh.

Padraig McArdle was later detained in hospital but denied involvement, prosecutors said.

The 28-year-old, of no fixed address but believed to be from Dundalk, faces charges of causing grievous bodily injury by careless driving and driving without a licence or insurance.

He was refused bail due to the risk of any re-offending.

Crown counsel Nicola Auret said fire and ambulance crews were cutting three people from the car when police arrived at Drumintee Road in the early hours of July 30. Opposing bail, Ms Auret added that the passengers feared the accused would put them under pressure to drop the case if he was released.

A defence barrister said McArdle denied driving the car.

Refusing bail, Mr Justice Treacy said there was a prima facie case against McArdle.

The judge added: "A number of young girls sustained very serious injuries. They were lucky they were not killed."

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