Man who endangered garda's life extradited from London

A motorist who is accused of dragging a senior member of An Garda Siochana along the side of his moving car creating a risk of death or serious injury over four years ago, was arrested in London today and extradited to Cork.

A motorist who is accused of dragging a senior member of An Garda Siochana along the side of his moving car creating a risk of death or serious injury over four years ago, was arrested in London today and extradited to Cork.

Detective Garda Mike Hogan and Garda John O’Flynn travelled to London where Donal O’Driscoll, aged 41, was arrested on a European arrest warrant. O’Driscoll was brought back to Cork where he was charged with the alleged offence in November 6, 2003.

O’Driscoll, who gave his Cork address as 222 Comeragh Park, The Glen, Cork, was accused of intentionally or recklessly endangering the life of John Quilter – then a sergeant and now Detective Inspector – by dragging him along a footpath at St Luke’s Cross, Cork.

Det. Garda Hogan said Det. Insp. Quilter was trying to take the keys out of the car at time of the alleged incident.

Defence solicitor, David Waters, said the car was moving at the time of the alleged incident and it was not a case of the defendant taking off from a parked position with the member of An Garda Siochana pulled along in that manner.

Inspector Pat Lehane said the gardaí were objecting to bail because of the seriousness of the offence and the belief that the defendant would not turn up to stand trial if released on evidence.

Det. Garda Hogan said the defendant was married with four children and two grand children in England and that he would return there if released on bail.

O’Driscoll said he would stand trial.

O’Driscoll spoke of his family connections with Cork and said: "I can’t keep running forever."

Judge Con O’Leary adjourned the bail application until tomorrow so that Det. Insp. Quilter could be at Cork District Court to give evidence in the case.

The lengthy endangerment charge also states that the defendant failed to stop his car and endangered the life of a pedestrian and drove dangerously on to Summerhill North forcing on-coming traffic to take evasive action to avoid a collision.

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