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Sunday 19 May 2019

Garda injured after being dragged by car driven by suspected drink driver

Garda left with with a broken ankle, head injuries and numerous cuts and bruises after shocking incident

Callum Lavery

A garda in Tipperary has been left with serious injuries after being dragged behind a suspected drink driver.

The guard received a broken ankle, head injuries and numerous cuts and bruises after being dragged for several metres by a jeep in Birdhill Co. Tipperary.

The officer is currently recovering in University Hospital Limerick, after the incident occurred on Friday,  May 11 at approximately 6:50pm.

CCTV footage shows that the jeep pursued by Gardaí lost control and collided with a sign post.

The video shows the officer exiting his own vehicle and running towards  the jeep as it reverses and drove away at speed with the garda holding onto the left passenger door.

A colleague of the officer is seen following behind the jeep in a garda car as the garda clings for his life, eventually the garda is seen to fall off after being attached to the door for several metres.

The Garda Representative Association has commended the injured garda for his actions.

GRA general secretary Pat Ennis said in a statement said this afternoon: "The garda in this case was an experienced officer who was not only trying to stop the driver from endangering road users, he was also concerned about the safety of the two children in the car at the time.

"His efforts to stop the vehicle were above and beyond the call of duty and he has paid a huge price for his bravery.

"This a was a life-threatening incident and while we don’t yet know the longer-term consequences of his injuries, he is likely to be out of work for some time."

A Garda spokesperson said: "Gardaí initially responded to a call in relation to a possible drink driver in the Birdhill area at 5.50pm. Gardaí observed a man entering a jeep. The driver failed to stop and drove towards Birdhill.

"At a junction in Birdhill, a car lost control and collided with a sign post. A Garda officer approached the vehicle and was injured when the jeep reversed and drove towards the Limerick road at speed.

"A man in his 50's was subsequently arrested and was detained at Nenagh Garda Station.

"The scene has been examined by Garda Forensic Collisions Investigators and investigations are ongoing."

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