Convicted criminal Kieron 'The Wolf' Ducie is being investigated by gardai for allegedly leaving the scene of an accident after he was involved in a car crash which left a Dublin model injured.
Emily Jane Stewart (23) - who is the former partner of Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch's nephew, Alan Hutch - is said to be recovering from back injuries she received during the incident at around 8.30pm on Sunday.
Both Ducie (46) and Ms Stewart, who is from Clonshaugh, required hospital treatment after the crash which occurred less than a kilometre from his home in Kilmessan, Co Meath.
Ducie was driving his Toyota Landcruiser when it crashed into a ditch with Ms Stewart a passenger in the front.
After the 4x4 left the road, Ducie allegedly fled the scene - leaving an extremely distressed Ms Stewart to call the emergency services.
The model was brought to Connolly Hospital in Blanchardstown with a back injury.
She was no longer in the vehicle when Ducie arrived back at the crash scene around two hours later.
Ducie was not arrested or breathalysed by gardai but was taken to the same hospital for treatment for minor injuries.
Gardai seized his vehicle and were carrying out a technical examination of it yesterday.
It is understood that both Ducie and Ms Stewart have made statements to gardai.
Ducie was not at home in Lambertstown Manor when the Herald called yesterday afternoon.
He also did not return calls made to his personal and work numbers.
Less than half-a-mile from his house, some wreckage from a black vehicle could be seen at the side of the road. It's believed this could be from the same vehicle that he was driving.
It appears that the car left the narrow road and crashed into a wooden telegraph pole. The smashed front bumper and some broken glass could be seen strewn at the roadside.
It is understood that Ms Stewart is "very shaken" about what happened.
Described as a "lovely lady", she was previously in a long-term relationship with The Monk's career criminal nephew, Alan Hutch (32), who is serving an eight-year jail sentence for threatening to kill three gardai and claiming he had a grenade.
Hutch was on bail for a violent robbery and dangerous driving when he assaulted the gardai in November, 2012.
Ducie was given a two-and-a-half year suspended jail sentence at Trim Circuit Court in February, 2013, for organising another man to supply cocaine to model Katy French.
Ducie and his former partner, Ann Corcoran, admitted procuring Russell Memery to supply cocaine to Katy on the night before she died from an overdose.
In 2011, Ducie was convicted of assaulting a garda when he was arrested at a nightclub in Dublin - and, a year later, he was given 240 hours of community service after pleading guilty to an assault on his then pregnant partner, Elaine Buggle.