Wednesday 21 August 2019

Vigilant Garda chief assists in drink-drive arrest near HQ


Garda Commissioner Drew Harris. Picture: Gerry Mooney
Garda Commissioner Drew Harris. Picture: Gerry Mooney
Robin Schiller

Robin Schiller

Garda Commissioner Drew Harris helped to arrest a suspected drunk driver in Dublin last night.

The Garda chief was returning from a meeting to Garda headquarters when he spotted a car being driven erratically in the Blanchardstown area.

Gardaí confirmed they later arrested a person for a road traffic offence.

While Garda HQ would not officially comment on the specific nature of the incident, it is understood a woman was detained on suspicion of driving while under the influence of alcohol.

It's understood Mr Harris was being driven along a road near the Phoenix Park, when he noticed another vehicle driving in a dangerous manner.

Mr Harris, who was with his official driver in a State vehicle at the time, then notified his local officers.

Members of the DMR West Road Policing Unit attended the scene at around 5.30pm yesterday. A woman was later arrested on suspicion of drunk-driving and brought to Blanchardstown Garda Station.


While Mr Harris did not officially carry out the arrest himself, his role has been described as "assisting" the apprehension of the suspected drink-driver.

Drew Harris was appointed as the most senior garda in the country in September 2018, having previously served 34 years with the PSNI.

During that time, he held a number of senior operational commands.

Irish Independent

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