Driver left hurt after fake garda check point

A driver was dragged unconscious into a ditch after he stopped for an alleged unmarked Garda car in the early hours of Thursday morning.

Driver left hurt after fake garda check point

The man, in his 30s, was driving home from work in Meath shortly before 4am when he was pulled in by a car which he says had flashing blue lights.

The car had followed from a distance before indicating to him to stop at Connells Cross, near Trim, according to Meath Crime Prevention Officer Dean Kerins,

The motorist lowered his window to talk to what he thought was an approaching garda but instead was hit over the head. It is not thought the assailant was wearing a Garda uniform.

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The victim awoke a few hours later in a ditch to find his his Ford Transit Van and mobile phone had been stolen. He tried to flag down passing cars for help, but none stopped and he had to walk two kilometres to his home in Kilmessan to raise the alarm.

Sgt Kerins said: “The victim remembers the alleged unmarked Garda car pulling in behind him at the side of the road when he stopped for them. He remembers being asked for a driving licence and then falling forward after being hit with some kind of implement.”

The stolen van with partial registration of 11 L 89 was found later in Bellewstown at about 7.35am.

In appealing for information Sgt Kerins said: “Anyone who may have noticed the van at that time of the morning, an unmarked car with flashing lights or indeed the victim trying to flag down help can contact gardaí at Trim on 046 9431222.”

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