Garda hit and dragged along by car during attempted arrest in Dundrum

by Gary Ibbotson

Dundrum Gardai are investigating an incident that took place this past Sunday at Dundrum Town Centre where an on-duty Garda was hit by a car and dragged for a short distance before falling onto the road.

Videos of the incident surfaced earlier in the week of Gardai attempting to arrest the driver of a blue Fiat Bravo who was trying to flee the shopping centre car park at the Wickham Way exit.

The video shows one police officer getting struck by the evading car before getting dragged along on the car near while escaping.

It is understood that the Gardai was brought to St Vincent’s Hospital with minor injuries but was later discharged.

In a statement, Gardai say they are “investigating following an endangerment incident that occurred at approximately 6.45pm on Sunday, January 5 at Dundrum Town Centre which left a male Garda member injured.

“In conjunction with security personnel at Dundrum Town Centre, Gardaí observed a Blue Fiat Bravo Hatchback that was allegedly connected with a previous theft in the area and attempted to stop the car and apprehend the occupant.

“The driver failed to stop and fled from the scene at speed colliding with a male Garda member in the process. The member was dragged a considerable distance before falling on the road and later attended St Vincent’s Hospital.

“Pending further medical assessments, it is known at this time that he has suffered significant soft tissue injuries to his lower leg.”

Gardai also say that the car was later recovered at Kilcarrig Close in Tallaght and that the driver of the car is a member of a crime group operating in the centre.

“Prior to this endangerment incident, two men in their late 40s were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit a Serious Offence (Theft),” says the Gardai.

“These men were later charged to appear before Dun Laoghaire District Court this morning Monday, January 6 2020.

“Gardaí at Dundrum are appealing to the public for information in relation to this incident. If anyone is aware of the identity of the driver or has any information in relation to any individuals in this crime group, please contact Gardaí.

“Gardaí are also appealing for information in relation to the Blue Fiat Bravo Hatchback that was recovered at Kilcarrig Close, Tallaght.

“Anyone with any information is asked to contact Dundrum Garda Station on 01 666 5600, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda Station.”

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