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Wednesday 7 December 2016

Seriously hurt garda now facing ops after being hit by stolen car

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Amy Guildea
Amy Guildea
Garda Lucy Wood leaving the CCJ

A garda suffered serious injuries when he was crushed between a stolen car and a patrol vehicle as the driver tried to avoid capture, a court has heard.

He then had to roll out of the way as the car drove towards him and crashed into a squad car.

The officer is in hospital and facing a series of operations.

Dublin District Court was told he was one of four gardai injured, with two patrol cars extensively damaged.

The alleged driver, Patrick McDonagh (26), of Bath Road, Balbriggan, was refused bail when he appeared charged with driving a stolen car and two counts of criminal damage.

Co-accused Amy Guildea (26), a waitress from Dun Saithne Road, also Balbriggan, is charged with being a passenger in a stolen car. She was granted bail.

The offences are alleged to have happened at Clonusk Rise, Hamlet Lane, in the town.

Gda Aidan O'Halloran objected to bail.

Gda Lucy Wood, whose right arm was in a sling for a fractured wrist, said the gardai saw a red Citroen Xsara that had been taken in a burglary.

They saw it parked and Gda Wood opened the driver's door while Gda Ciaran Murrihy opened the passenger door.

Gda Wood said Mr McDonagh was in the driver's seat.

It was alleged that he put the car into reverse at speed and dragged two gardai off.

Gda Murrihy was crushed between the Citroen and the patrol car, said Gda Wood.

Another officer was dragged along the ground and the Citroen again hit the patrol car.

Elbowed

It was alleged that Mr McDonagh drove towards Gda Murrihy, who rolled on to the footpath.

When one of the gardai went to arrest him, he allegedly elbowed the officer twice in the face.

Applying for bail, defence solicitor Grainne Whelan said Mr McDonagh at all times enjoyed a presumption of innocence.

Judge Grainne O'Neill remanded him in custody.

Ms Whelan said Ms Guildea was a single mother-of-one. Judge O'Neill granted bail in her case under conditions.

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