AN IRISH man has been arrested while trying to leave the country after two people were seriously injured in a crash in Sydney.
The Donegal native, who is in his early twenties, was arrested by Australian police while boarding a plane at Sydney Airport which was due to fly to Dublin.
His arrest comes after two other Irish men, passengers in the Donegal man’s car, were hurt in a crash which occurred early on Saturday morning in the Chifley area of the city. The arrested man is believed to be the driver of the car at fault.
Police said a Mazda, which was travelling at speed, crashed into a parked Toyota before the driver and one passenger fled the scene on foot. The two remaining passengers were trapped in the totalled car, with one left unconscious due to injuries sustained in the crash. There were no occupants in the parked Toyota.
It took emergency services over an hour to free the two men, whose conditions have been described as critical and serious respectively. The conditions of both men are stable however.
New South Wales Police Force announced that the 22-year old driver had been arrested as he attempted to board the flight, however the passenger who escaped the car and fled the scene is still at large.
“[The Donegal man] was taken to hospital, under police guard, for treatment to injuries sustained during the crash.
Charges are expected to be laid upon his release from hospital.
Inquiries continue to locate the fourth occupant.”