Garda driver arrested on suspicion of drink-driving and suspended after crashing State car
Updated / Tuesday, 10 Nov 2020 17:38
A garda driver has been suspended after he crashed a State car and was arrested on suspicion of drink-driving.
The man, who is part of the group of garda drivers, was detained after he was involved in a collision on the M3 in Co Meath yesterday morning.
No one was injured in the incident.
The Garda Commissioner authorised his suspension from duty last night and an internal disciplinary inquiry is also under way.
Garda drivers are assigned to drive senior members of the judiciary, including judges of the Special Criminal Court, the Director of Public Prosecutions and senior Government personnel, such as the Taoiseach and the Minister for Justice.
They are also licensed to carry firearms and are armed for the protection of the people they are driving.
The garda was driving a State car, an unmarked garda car at the time.
Gardaí from Navan were called to the scene and the garda driver was arrested on suspicion of drink-driving.
He was taken to Navan Garda Station.
The drink driving limit is 50mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood, however for “specified drivers”, a lower limit of 20mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood applies.
A “specified driver” includes learner drivers, novice drivers, professional and commercial drivers.
It is not clear if the garda driver will be deemed a professional driver because while taxi and lorry drivers are mentioned in the legislation, gardaí are not.
He is the ninth garda to be suspended from duty in the last three days.
In a statement this afternoon, Garda Headquarters said gardaí in Navan attended the scene of a single-vehicle road crash on the M3 at 10.30am yesterday.
The collision involved an unmarked official garda car with one occupant. They said nobody was injured.
It said the driver, a member of An Garda Síochána, was arrested at the scene on suspicion of driving under the influence of an intoxicant and a criminal investigation into breaches of the Road Traffic Act is ongoing.
An internal discipline investigation has begun and the garda has been suspended from duty.
It said that as this was an ongoing criminal investigation Garda Headquarters had no further comment.