Monday 19 March 2018

Garda dragged along road after trying to stop female motorist at checkpoint

A garda checkpoint. File picture
A garda checkpoint. File picture
Adam Cullen

Adam Cullen

A member of An Garda Siochana has been injured during a routine traffic checkpoint.

The incident occurred shortly after 6.20pm last night at Castlemitchell near Athy, Co Kildare.

The officer, who is stationed in the town, was stopping cars to check tax and insurance credentials when the incident occurred.

It has been alleged that a female motorist grabbed the guard's arm before driving off dragging him for a short distance before he hit the ground.

The garda was later brought by ambulance to Naas General Hospital and was discharged late last night.

He is reportedly shaken after the incident - and will be out of work for some time.

A garda spokesperson confirmed that a female motorist made contact with a garda before fleeing the scene.

Gardai are appealing to anyone who may have witnessed the incident to contact them at Athy Garda Station on (059) 8631669, the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111 or any at Garda Station.

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