Garda driver arrested after suspected drink driving in State car

Officer suspended following his arrest after crash in Co Meath on Monday morning

A Garda member assigned to drive a State car has been suspended from duty after he was involved in a road collision and was arrested on suspicion of drink driving.

The Garda driver was was not carrying any passengers in the State car when the crash occurred in Co Meath on Monday morning.

The male driver is among a wide number of Garda members who drive State VIPs as part of their duties. These can include senior politicians, members of the judiciary, senior civil servants, the DPP and others. Some Garda drivers work full-time in that role while others perform the function on an ad-hoc basis and combine their driving duties with more conventional Garda work.

The drivers are also armed and effectively double as close protection officers for the personnel they drive around on official business.


In reply to queries, Garda Headquarters said gardaí from Navan attended the scene of a single vehicle crash on the M3 at about 10.30am on Monday.

“The collision involved an unmarked official Garda car with one occupant. No persons were injured,” the Garda statement 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 currently ongoing.

“An internal discipline investigation has also commenced and the member of An Garda Síochána has been suspended from duty. As this is an ongoing criminal investigation An Garda Síochána has no further comment.”

No findings of wrongdoing have been reached against the man and the inquiries are ongoing.

Conor Lally

Conor Lally

Conor Lally is Security and Crime Editor of The Irish Times