Injury to Garda’s knee acidental, says man (55)

CARRICKMACROSS District Court has heard how a man who fled from a female Garda did not intentionally injure her while resisting arrest.

CARRICKMACROSS District Court has heard how a man who fled from a female Garda did not intentionally injure her while resisting arrest.

Gerrard Crossan (55), Cargahogue, Shercock Road, Monaghan was charged with drink driving, dangerous driving and failing to stop for Gardaí, and an additional charge of assault at the sitting of the court.

The court heard that Garda Lyndsey O’Brien had pursued the man on foot after he fled his vehicle on the evening of 23 October of last year at the man farm.

Garda O’Brien pursued the man and jumped on his back, landing him face first into the mud, and managed to restrain him.

During the course of the tackle, Garda O’Brien sustained an injury to her knee, for which the additional charge of assault was brought on Wednesday by Superintendent Cunningham.

His defence solicitor indicated that O’Brien would plead guilty to drinking driving and failing to stop, but not to the assaulting the officer, who he claims he did not intend to injure whatsoever.

The solicitor suggested that the injury to Garda O’Brien arose out of the tackle.

Judge Sean MacBride suggested he pay €1,000 by way of compensation to the Garda, as €1,000 “would keep the doctor away and keep you out of jail”. The case was adjourned to 18 January.