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Man appears in court after garda chase

THIS is the man who is accused of leading armed gardai on a high-speed chase across two counties after he allegedly fled from a checkpoint.

Stephen Darby (40) was arrested on Thursday night by officers following a dangerous high-speed pursuit.

Darby with an address at Clogherboy Park, Navan, Co Meath, appeared before a special sitting of Carlow District Court yesterday where he faced three different charges when he was brought before Judge Eamon O'Brien.

Evidence of arrest, charge and caution at the brief hearing was given by Garda Liam Lawlor, of Carlow Garda Station.

Darby was charged with two counts of dangerous driving, one count at Orchard, Leighlinbridge, Co Carlow on November 27 and another at Blanchfield Park, Co Kilkenny, on the same date. He was also charged with using a vehicle without the consent of its owner.


The court heard that Darby had nothing to say when the charges were put to him.

Gda Lawlor told the court that he had arrested Darby after a chase. A solicitor for Darby applied for bail but this application was refused after Inspector Martin Walker listed a number of garda objections.

He was then remanded in custody by Judge O'Brien to appear before Cloverhill District Court on December 4.

A 19-year-old woman who was arrested with Darby on Thursday night did not appear in court yesterday.

The teenager, who also has an address in Navan, Co Meath, was given station bail at Carlow Garda Station after she was charged with allowing herself to being carried in a stolen vehicle.

She is due before Carlow District Court again in the coming weeks.

The charges came about after an alleged incident involving a BMW car at a garda checkpoint in Orchard, Leighlinbridge, at around 8.40pm on Thursday.