A man has appeared in court in relation to an allegation of false imprisonment as well as a number of dangerous driving and criminal damage incidents alleged to have happened in Cork on Wednesday night.

The 35-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is charged with a number of offences and was brought before a sitting of Cork District Court this afternoon.

Garda Paul Dromey said the man was charged early this morning at Bridewell Garda Station in Cork, with nine offences, and said "no comment" in relation to each one.

He is charged with three counts of criminal damage which relate to three Garda patrol cars alleged to have been damaged at Mahon in Cork; and three counts of dangerous driving on the N40 South Ring Road in Cork, the N28 at Shanbally and the N28 at Carr's Hill, Carrigaline in Cork.

The man is also charged with one count of false imprisonment of his partner and with failing to give a sample at the Garda station.

Gardaí told Judge Colm Roberts that they were objecting to bail on a number of grounds, including the seriousness of the offences with which the accused is charged; the nature of the evidence which will be outlined when the case is heard, and the possibility of him not appearing in court at a future date to answer his bail.

Frank Buttimer, solicitor for the accused, applied for bail and said there is likely to be a delay before the case comes to court to be fully heard and that there is a "presumption" in favour of bail.

Sergeant Pat Lyons said that a senior investigating officer has been appointed to the case and a full incident room has been set up, with a full team of detectives involved. "It is getting full attention," he said, in relation to the likelihood of a delay in the case coming for hearing.

Judge Roberts refused bail on a number of grounds including the seriousness of the charges against the accused; the evidence to be given against him and the length of sentence which a conviction could attract.

The accused was remanded in custody until next Thursday, 6 October, to appear again in court by video link.