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A garda injured in a terrifying hit and run incident near Dundalk earlier today was badly shaken but is expected to make a full recovery. 

The male officer was on duty with the Dundalk Garda Roads Policing unit when they stopped a car on the northbound carriageway of the M1 near Junction 20, Jonesborough, at approximately 1.45pm.

The Garda and his colleague were conducting routine mobile speed checks along the route when they pulled over the suspect car.

The driver stopped and the gardai got out to talk to him.

However, as one of the guards was leaning in to speak to the driver, he suddenly put his foot down and sped from the scene.

The Garda, who is based in the Dundalk District, suffered injuries to his arm and was rushed by ambulance to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital.

His injuries, although serious, are not thought to be life threatening.

However, it is understood that both officers were shaken by the incident.

The motorway was closed to traffic for a short time but has since reopened to traffic.

“The driver and car have not yet been located and enquires are ongoing,” gardai said this afternoon.

“Gardaí at Dundalk are appealing for witnesses to come forward and are also appealing to road users with camera footage (including dash-cam) from along the M1 route at the time of the incident to make it available to investigators,” they added.

“Anyone with information is asked to contact Dundalk Garda Station (042) 938 8400, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda Station.”

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