Saturday 24 February 2018

Man (35) who died after late-night crash and break-in 'believed criminals were chasing him'

General view of gardai at scene of Volvo car crashed at laneway behind Greenhills Community College, beside Temple Manor Close. Photo: Caroline Quinn
General view of gardai at scene of Volvo car crashed at laneway behind Greenhills Community College, beside Temple Manor Close. Photo: Caroline Quinn
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A man who died in an incident that involved him crashing his car into a steel barrier and breaking into two homes, allegedly believed he was being chased by criminals.

Daniel Morris (35) from Tallaght crashed his car into a barrier and then broke into two homes in Temple Manor Driver, Greenhills, Dublin shortly after 9pm on Friday.

Gardaí arrived at the scene and when Mr Morris became aggressive, gardaí were required to arrest and restrain him.

As he was being removed from the house he became unresponsive and medical assistance was called.

Mr Morris was taken to Tallaght Hospital and was later pronounced dead. A post mortem examination will be carried out today by the State Pathologist Professor Marie Cassidy.

According to the Sunday World, Mr Morris believed he was being chased by criminals prior to him crashing his car.

It's alleged he tried to make his way into the homes to get resident's car keys in a bid to escape the criminals he believed were chasing him.

A source told the Sunday World that toxicology tests as part of the post-mortem investigation will play a "crucial role in the investigation".

The matter have been referred to the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission.

The crash scene and the house where the man was arrested have been sealed off for a technical examination by Garda Crime Scene Examiners and Garda Forensic Collision Investigators.

Gardaí are appealing for anyone who witnessed the initial crash on Limekiln Ave or who may have been in the Templemanor area between 9pm and 10pm on 22nd September to contact them at Crumlin Garda Station on 01 666 6200.

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