A 46-year-old Tyrone man charged with causing the ‘Ardee Hay’ incident that led to significant damage to properties on Bridge Street says he will challenge the charge that he was guilty of driving dangerously on September 28th last.
Mark McCrabbe, with an address of Sion Mills, Strabane, will admit damaging ESB property, failing to stop after the incident and other related charges but will fight the assertion that he drove dangerously in causing the bales of straw on the back of his lorry to collide with an ESB pole whilst driving into the town at 6.45am on the morning in question.
The Dundalk Democrat report Mr McCrabbe’s defence solicitor informed Judge Grainne Malone at a sitting of the local district court earlier this month that the defendant would challenge the charge of dangerous driving. It was also stated that an offer of a plea to careless driving was not acceptable to the State.
The case will now be heard at Trim Circuit Court on Thursday March 9th. With CCTV footage to be used in the case, it was agreed to move the case hearing to Trim where the video facilities are available.