Man 'rolled up car window, trapping Garda's arm and drove off'

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The alleged incident happened on Westmoreland Street in Dublin city centre
The alleged incident happened on Westmoreland Street in Dublin city centre

A motorist drove with a garda's arm trapped in his car window, causing the officer "significant" injuries, it has been alleged.

Danilo Rodriguez (44) is accused of rolling up his window and driving for 51 metres when the garda reached in to take his keys.

Mr Rodriguez, of Kimmage Grove, Kimmage, is charged with dangerous driving and assault causing harm to Gda Neil Mulvaney.

Dublin District Court heard the incident is alleged at have happened at Westmoreland Street last June 10.

Judge Michael Walsh refused jurisdiction, ruling that the case was too serious to be heard at Dublin District Court.

He adjourned it for the preparation of a book of evidence.

Gda Mulvaney had encountered the accused when he asked him to turn off the engine and step out of the car, Gda Anthony Collins said.

He refused to comply, the garda reached in to take the keys and, it was alleged, the accused put up the window.

The garda's arm was trapped and it was alleged that Mr Rodriguez drove for 51 metres, only coming to a halt outside the Westin Hotel.

The garda was freed and the accused was held at the scene.

The court heard it was not the prosecution's case that it was a conscious effort by the accused to trap the garda's arm, but rather "an attempt to keep the garda out of the car".

Gda Mulvaney suffered "significant injuries" to his shoulder and right arm and was still off work.

Judge Walsh adjourned the hearing to a date in January. It will be sent forward to Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.