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Garda cut as driver lashed out after chase, court told

A DRIVER who failed to stop for gardai and then led them on a chase through a south Dublin suburb swung out violently when officers tried to arrest him, cutting one of them on the top of his head, a court heard.

Michael Rae (30) is said to have attacked two officers when they tried to arrest him, swinging his elbows and fists at gardai. A detective was left with a cut on the top of his head following the assault, while a second escaped without injury.

The accused, with addresses at Kingswood Heights and MacUilliam Mews in Tallaght, appeared before Tallaght District Court charged with two counts of dangerous driving as well as assaulting two gardai, one seriously.


He is further charged with driving without insurance or a driving licence, failing to stop for gardai, and failing to provide a breath, blood or urine specimen to gardai. The alleged incident took place on Fortunestown Lane and MacUilliam Mews, Tallaght on December 29 last year.

Outlining the allegation, Garda Sergeant Carmel Henry alleged the assault on Detective Kieran McGrath took place shortly after 4.30am on December 29 as gardai were arresting Rae for road traffic matters.

Sgt Henry claimed Rae was very violent, and struggled violently, swinging his elbows and fists at gardai.

Gda McGrath received a cut to the top of his head, but did not need medical treatment.

Judge James McDonnell said he would accept jurisdiction of the matter.

The court heard that Rae was an unemployed chef and was looking for work. He became a father recently.

Legal aid was assigned to Cahir O'Higgins.

Judge McDonnell adjourned the matter to April.