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Tuesday 14 August 2018

Violent banned driver on run after breaking garda's teeth in assault

Mark Carlyle
Mark Carlyle

a violent criminal has gone on the run after he assaulted an armed detective - breaking his teeth - during a traffic stop in the capital.

The attack happened on Tuesday morning following a brief car chase in the Crumlin area, as gardai attempted to arrest the thug.

It was the second time in as many days a garda had been assaulted in the course of their duty.

The Herald has learned that the suspect, a local criminal in his mid-20s, is serving a road traffic ban but was spotted driving a car at around 5.30am on Tuesday.

Gardai attempted to stop the vehicle but it fled the scene and a brief chase ensued.

When the vehicle was brought to a stop, a detective attempted to arrest the criminal but was punched in the face.

The attacker fled on foot and gardai were last night continuing their search for him.

A garda spokesman said that the officer was taken to St James's Hospital where he was treated for minor injuries. No arrests have yet been made.

Damage was also caused to a garda vehicle during the incident.

It is understood that the detective suffered two broken teeth as a result of the assault.

The local criminal involved in the incident was recently part of a shocking campaign of intimidation against an innocent local family.

These attacks were carried out on behalf of associates of Mark Carlyle in an effort to prevent a family member giving evidence against him.

Carlyle was jailed last month for seven-and-a-half years after being convicted of assault.

Commenting on the assault of its colleague, the Garda Representative Association (GRA) said it was "saddened" by another attack on a garda.

GRA spokesman John O'Keeffe said that the organisation had been calling for extra protection and tasers for some time.

Saddened

"The GRA are saddened to hear that one of our colleagues was assaulted in Crumlin resulting in him suffering broken teeth," Mr O'Keeffe told the Herald.

"We understand that this member was attempting to arrest a man over a road traffic matter when he was violently assaulted. In Cavan too earlier this week, three gardai tried to effect an arrest and one of our members was head-butted by the offender resulting in that garda losing two teeth.

"While saddened, we are not surprised.

"We have been calling for increased protection for our frontline officers for some time now, by means of the roll-out of tasers to all gardai to offer them, and the public, protection from savage attacks such as these.

"Our thoughts are with the injured gardai.

"We we wish them a speedy recovery."

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