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Hit and run Gardai issue appeal as they continue to hunt for driver who knocked down officer

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GARDAI have said a suspect involved hit and run incident in Co Louth which left one of their colleagues badly injured remains at large. and have issued a fresh appeal to the public for help.

A member of the Dundalk-based Roads Policing Unit was conducting routine speed checks on the M1 around 1.45pm last Saturday when the incident occurred.

The garda had stopped a vehicle which was on the hard shoulder close to junction 20 but the driver then sped off dragging the officer along with the vehicle.

The car was later found recovered near Dundalk but had been burnt out in an attempt to destroy forensic evidence.

The garda was taken to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital where he was treated for a broken collar bone but has since been released.

A garda spokesman confirmed this afternoon that the suspect was still on the loose.

“The vehicle involved in this incident has been recovered and will undergo a technical examination. No arrests have been made at this time. Investigations are ongoing.

“Gardaí at Dundalk would like to thank the public for their assistance so far and they are continuing to appeal 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.”

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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