Garda breaks arm as she tries to arrest theft suspect
A YOUNG female garda suffered a fractured arm as she tried to arrest a suspected car thief, writes Tom Brady.
She was hurled to the ground in a struggle with the man, who was seen at a car in the driveway of a house at Monastery Drive, Clondalkin, west Dublin, shortly after 4am on Monday.
The garda, who is in her 20s, is based at Clondalkin station. She has been put on sick leave.
Her colleagues last night paid tribute to her courage in continuing to pursue the man despite suffering intense pain as a result of being knocked to the ground.
The man, in his mid 30s, jumped into a waiting car, which was being driven by his sister. The garda and her colleague gave chase and were stepping into their patrol car when it was rammed. The two suspects then crashed into a tree.
The pair were arrested and taken to Clondalkin garda station where the man was involved in another violent incident with a garda.
Officers later established that he was unlawfully at large and returned to Wheatfield prison.
Gardai, meanwhile, questioned the woman about a suspected drug driving offence.
A file is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.