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Man accused of biting garda

A REVELLER is alleged to have sunk his teeth into a garda's arm during a struggle after he got involved in a fight in a pub and was removed by security staff.

Sean Fitzpatrick (23) is alleged to have broken the skin on Garda Eoin Conway's arm with his teeth, leaving him bleeding. Fitzpatrick, of Carrigallen Park, Finglas, appeared before Blanchardstown District Court.

Defence lawyer Aoife O'Leary asked for the case to be adjourned so she could speak to her client. Judge Patrick McMahon adjourned the matter for one week.

Pensioner hits the wrong road

A pensioner on his way to the bank had to be rescued by police after ending up on a busy road on his mobility scooter.

Police were inundated with calls about the elderly man trundling along the A27 trunk road in West Sussex, south England.

A quick-thinking driver pulled up behind him and followed with hazard lights to alert other motorists until police arrived.

Pile-up driver gets long ban

A DUBLIN man who caused a three vehicle pile-up in a van stolen from his partner's father has been given a suspended sentence and disqualified from driving for 24 years.

Noel Monks (31), of Cushlawn Walk, Tallaght, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to stealing a blue Ford work van belonging to his partner's father at Suncroft Drive, Tallaght on June 13, 2007.

Defence counsel Thomas Pearse submitted to Judge Hunt that Monks wished to apologise to all injured parties.

Raccoon has a blast in car fix

A raccoon named Axl needed AA assistance after getting stuck behind his owner's dashboard.

Named after the Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose, the nine-week-old procyonid escaped from a cat carrier and found a new temporary home when his owners stopped for coffee.

AA trainee patrolman Jamie Clowes failed in his initial attempts to coax the raccoon out with a Penguin biscuit. A short blast from his air compressor proved more fruitful.