Wednesday 18 September 2019

Two arrested as garda hospitalised after being dragged along by car

Gardaí are investigating VAT carousel fraud. Stock photo
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Conor Feehan and Evie Kearney

Two men have been arrested after a garda was dragged up a Dublin city road by a car last night.

Dramatic mobile phone footage has emerged of the incident at St Luke’s Avenue in Dublin 8 just before midnight last night.

The video, which was tweeted out by RTE's Liveline, shows gardai trying to stop a car, which appears to have suffered crash damage to the front, as it reverses down a main road with a garda hanging onto it.

Garda Damien McCarthy of the GRA said: "Firstly, I am grateful that my Garda colleague escaped this horrendous ordeal without serious injury.

"It’s clear there was a threat to the lives of many Garda that responded to this incident.

"My injured colleague has to be commended for his act of bravery and the diligence and resilience he displayed.

"This is not just an isolated incident. The Government need to react now and create specific legislation that protects front line Gardaí.

"No longer shall this be treated as an occupational hazard. This legislation needs to cater for and protect front line public servants," he added.

Incident on Dublin's Cork Street where a garda was 'dragged' by a car
Incident on Dublin's Cork Street where a garda was 'dragged' by a car

Independent.ie has learned the garda suffered abrasions to his legs and arms in the incident.

“Two males, one in their late 20s and one in their early 30s, were arrested following an incident that occurred at approximately 11.45pm on Wednesday 31st July 2019 at St Luke's Avenue, Dublin 8,” said a garda spokesman.

“After failing to stop for Gardaí, a pursuit took place from Cuffe Street to St Luke's Avenue where a Garda Member was injured when the vehicle reversed as he approached,” he added.

“After assistance from the Garda Air Support Unit, the two males were arrested and were detained at Kevin Street Garda Station under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984.

“The Garda Member received minor injuries and was taken to St James Hospital where he was later discharged,” he explained.

A search of the prisoners also yielded a small quantity of suspected ecstasy tablets, suspected MDMA and drug paraphernalia. Investigations are ongoing.

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