Patrol car hits garda van amid arrest
A GARDA patrol car went into a skid during a snow shower yesterday and slammed into the door of a garda transit van as other officers were making an arrest.
The incident happened on Abbey Street, Dublin, shortly after gardai had arrested a woman. It is understood that gardai were trying to put the woman into the back of the van when a patrol car arrived at the scene and went into a skid.
The accident happened shortly after 5pm. One man, who works nearby, said two gardai and the woman ended up stuck between the vehicles.
He said the woman ended up on the ground. "She was already on crutches," he added.
It is understood nobody was seriously hurt. The Luas service between Tallaght and the city centre stopped in Smithfield as gardai dealt with the situation.
Meanwhile, a coast guard helicopter had to abort a rescue mission last night four minutes after taking off because of bad visibility. The chopper was scrambled to assist the medical evacuation of an injured fisherman on a trawler 10 miles south of Kilkeel, Co Down.
The helicopter returned safely to base. A lifeboat picked up the injured crewman.