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Garda suspended after failing roadside alcohol​​ test


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A Garda has been suspended after failing a preliminary roadside test for driving while intoxicated after he was involved in a traffic collision while on duty in an official garda car.

Gardaí said the male officer, who is aged in his 30s and attached to the Dublin Region, has been suspended from active duty and now faces an internal disciplinary investigation following the incident near Swords, Co Dublin, on Sunday afternoon.

Gardaí said the officer was driving an official garda vehicle when it was involved in a collision with another car on the M1 near Swords at around 3.30pm.

He was taken to hospital to be treated for non-life threatening injuries.

“Prior to hospitalisation, the driver of the official garda vehicle failed a preliminary roadside test for driving while intoxicated and in accordance with standard procedures an evidential sample was obtained at the hospital which has been sent to the Medical Bureau of Road Safety for analysis, the results of which will determine the course of the ongoing investigation,” a garda spokesperson said.

“An internal disciplinary investigation has also commenced,” they added.

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