A FORMER rugby-playing garda who tackled and arrested two runaway drunken drivers in a 24-hour period has been awarded €73,000 damages for injuries he received.
Ms Justice Mary Irvine heard that Sgt Thomas Kelly injured his knee when he wrestled one would-be escaper down a 10ft-deep dyke and was later kicked in the chest as he swung on the leg of another drunk driver as he attempted to scale up a wall.
Barrister Aidan Walsh told the Garda Compensation hearing that Sgt Kelly refused to take time off work as advised by his doctor and arranged light duties for himself until he felt better.
Burglar 'was using sauna'
A man arrested wearing just a trench coat and socks after a burglary in California told police he had been using the home's sauna.
The householder discovered Robert London going through his kitchen cabinets and chased him out the door.
London later said he thought the house was vacant, and he had used the sauna there in the past.
Two teens in court over taxi hijack
TWO teenagers have appeared in court after a taxi was hijacked at knifepoint.
Hugh Kavanagh (18) of Shanamore, Clareview, Limerick, and Aaron Moloney (19) with an address at McGarry House, Limerick, were brought to Limerick District Court.
Det Pat Whelan of Roxboro garda station charged Aaron Moloney with unlawful seizure of a taxi at St Nessan's Road last Saturday night.
Hugh Kavanagh was charged with the same offence by Det Padraig O'Dwyer.
Both men were remanded in custody by Judge Eugene O'Kelly.
They are due to appear before the same court today.