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Garda released without charge after crash that left three people, including two gardaí, hospitalised

Garda released without charge after crash that left three people, including two gardaí, hospitalised

A Garda has been released without charge after a crash that left three people, including two gardaí, hospitalised.

The off-duty garda was arrested for drink-driving at around 11.20pm on Saturday night, when a garda car was struck by another vehicle on the hard shoulder of the N2 in Co Monaghan.

As the garda car stopped to help a driver whose car had broken down another car ploughed into the back of it.

The Garda car then rammed into the rear end of the car that had broken down.

Fire crews had to use specialist equipment to cut one of the officers from the smashed patrol car, before transferring him, along with his fellow officer and the driver of the broken down car, to hospital.

Their injuries were not life-threatening.

The driver of the third car drove away, but gardaí from Monaghan town later arrested him and found that he was an off-duty garda.

The garda, who was based at a station near the border, was "processed" at Monaghan Garda Station before being released without charge.

The Garda Siochana Ombudsman (GSOC) will investigate the incident.