Garda injured by female motorist at routine checkpoint

The garda will be out of work for some time
The garda will be out of work for some time

A member of An Garda Siochana has been injured during a routine traffic checkpoint.

The incident occurred shortly after 6.20pm last night at Castlemitchell near Athy, Co Kildare.

The officer, who is stationed in the town, was stopping cars to check tax and insurance credentials when the incident occurred.

It has been alleged that a female motorist grabbed the guard's arm before driving off dragging him for a short distance before he hit the ground.

The garda was later brought by ambulance to Naas General Hospital and was discharged late last night.

He is reportedly shaken after the incident - and will be out of work for some time.

A garda spokesperson confirmed that a female motorist made contact with a garda before fleeing the scene.

Gardai have appealed for witnesses to the incident.