A man has appeared in court in Dundalk charged with five counts of dangerous driving following an almost 25 minute pursuit, during which a garda jeep and a patrol car were rammed in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Twenty-year-old Cormac Murphy, of St Killian's Park, Whitecross, south Armagh, was arrested yesterday morning in relation to the incident which left two gardai injured.

Garda Daniel O’Connor gave evidence of arresting the accused at 6.19am yesterday and later charging him at 7pm with five counts of dangerous driving.

The offences are alleged to have been committed at Crowe Street, Jocelyn Street, the Point Road, Barrack Street and Red Cow, Dundalk.

The accused made no reply when the charges were put to him and the court heard that there is a likelihood of more serious charges being brought.

Garda O’Connor outlined a number of garda objections to bail being granted.

Judge Eireann McKiernan remanded the accused on his own bond of €200 with an independent surety of €7,000, with €5,000 cash to be lodged, to the 23 March for the directions of the DPP.

As part of the bail terms he must sign on daily at Dundalk Garda Station, remain intoxicant free, give an undertaking not to apply for any travel documents, provide a mobile phone number to gardaí on which he can be contacted at all times and attend his GP for medical attention.