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Two gardaí injured and patrol car damaged at routine Wexford traffic stop


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TWO gardaí were injured in the line of duty over the weekend, while trying to arrest a man in relation to road traffic offences at a routine checkpoint.

The gardaí had set up a checkpoint at Waddingtown, just off the Duncannon Line, on Saturday afternoon when a man approached at around 2.30 p.m. and started driving erratically, resulting in a garda patrol car being rammed and sustaining considerable damage.

It is understood that both gardaí then suffered relatively minor injuries, including a fractured thumb, while trying to extricate the man from his vehicle and arrest him.

The man was brought to Wexford Garda Station and was due before the courts. Both gardaí were brought to Wexford General Hospital for treatment for their injuries and are expected to be out of action for a time while they recover.

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A garda spokesman said that while thankfully on this occasion, the injuries were relatively minor in nature, it served as a reminder of some of the dangers faced by members in the execution of their duties.