A US citizen has been remanded in custody by the Irish High Court after fleeing a manslaughter charge in Florida.
A 23-year-old American citizen has been arrested in Cork and remanded in custody by the Irish High Court in Dublin after US authorities issued an extradition warrant.
Samuel Joseph Tucker is said to have fled Florida before he was due to stand trial for driving under the influence of alcohol and for a related manslaughter charge after he allegedly crashed the car he was driving, killing his 22-year-old passenger.
It is alleged that on the night of June 24, 2017, in Highland County, Florida, Tucker crashed his 2017 Maserati Ghibli while his blood alcohol level was twice the legal limit. He is also said to have been driving at 140mph before the crash occurred.
Late Tuesday afternoon, the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office posted a new link from Ireland stating that Samuel Joseph Tucker,... https://t.co/25scN0lZvZ— Highlands News-Sun (@TheNewsSun) August 29, 2018
It is reported that his vehicle knocked over a power pole and overturned four times, killing the passenger 22-year-old Ms. Alyssa Kay Vice.
US authorities claim that Tucker left the US for Ireland not long after the incident to avoid trial. He was arrested in Cork on Monday evening, however, and taken to appear in the High Court.
Alleged killer drink-driver from US arrested in Corkhttps://t.co/bk9YZjpKN1— The Times IE (@thetimesIE) August 29, 2018
Appearing in court on Tuesday, he confirmed that he was the person for whom the extradition warrant had been issued and that he knew what the charge was.
No application for bail was made on his behalf and the State said that they would object to it being granted.
Tucker was remanded in custody and is set to appear in court again on September 12.