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Thursday 21 November 2019

Woman accused of dragging garda along road in car

Denise Reilly is accused of recklessly endangering the garda
Denise Reilly is accused of recklessly endangering the garda

A woman has been accused of recklessly endangering a garda by driving a car at him after dragging him along a street.

Denise Reilly (38) had already been accused of leaving the scene of a collision in which the garda was injured.

She has now had new char-ges brought against her and is facing trial.

Judge David McHugh adjourned the case against her for the production of a book of evidence.

Ms Reilly, of Liffey Crescent, Liffey Valley Park, Lucan, was already charged with failing to keep her vehicle at or near the scene of an incident for a reasonable period.

The charge alleges that she drove a car that was involved in causing injury to a garda at Fonthill Road, Clondalkin, on April 8.

When she appeared at Blanchardstown District Court again, she was charged with reckless endangerment by causing the garda to be dragged along the road, knowing his arm to be trapped in the car window.

Swerved

The charge alleges that furthermore, on release of the garda from the car, she swerved it at him, "striking him with the vehicle".

She was also charged with dangerous driving at Fonthill Road.

Sgt Patrick Duggan said that when he put the new charges to Ms Reilly before the court sitting, she made no reply after caution.

She was handed copies of the charge sheets.

Sgt Duggan said the previous charges had been in the name Denise Ryan, but that was the accused's maiden name.

He said the DPP was directing trial on indictment and sought an adjournment for the preparation of a book of evidence.

Judge McHugh extended the time required for the book and remanded Ms Reilly on continuing bail, to appear in court again on a date in September.

Defence barrister Jennifer Jackson said the accused was consenting to the adjournment.

Ms Reilly has not yet indicated how she intends to plead to the charges.

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