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Gardaí appeal for hit-and-run driver to come forward

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Gardaí appeal for hit-and-run driver to come forward

Anton McNulty

GARDAÍ in Ballina have appealed to the driver of a car believed to have been involved an alleged hit-and-run which resulted in a garda being hospitalised to come forward.
The alleged hit-and-run incident took place at approximately 6pm last Monday evening at the junction of Bury Street and Kevin Barry Street in Ballina resulting in Sergeant Declan Casey being hospitalised with leg injuries.
The driver fled the scene in a car which was later recovered on the Killala Road in Ballina later that evening. Sgt Casey has since been discharged but continues to receive treatment for leg injuries.
It is understood that the driver was Joe Doocey, a member of Integrity Ireland, who is believed to have fled to Britain after the incident. Mr Doocey had earlier that day appeared in court in Ballina where he failed in an attempt to have property returned which was seized by gardaí investigating the alleged sending of a threatening email to two district court judges and a high ranking garda.
In an interview with The Sunday Times last weekend, Mr Doocey claimed he was willing to hand himself in once Independent TDs, Claire Daly and Mick Wallace could guarantee his safety.
“I was followed by gardaí last Monday after I left a courthouse. The gardaí tried to stop me while I was in my car. I tried to drive away, and they went at me. One jumped on the bonnet with a baton. I stopped and reversed so he rolled off.
“A van then tried to block me in, so I pushed it out of the way. The gardaí were still trying to stop the car, attacking it with batons, but I got away. I was in fear of my life,” he told The Sunday Times.
Superintendent Joe Doherty of Ballina Garda Station refused to comment on Mr Doocey’s allegations other than to appeal to the driver to come forward. He thanked the public who assisted Sgt Casey, who is out of hospital, and to witnesses who came forward, and asked the public for further assistance.
“The investigation is ongoing and we are still looking for the whereabouts of the driver of the car. I am renewing my appeal to witnesses who may have witnessed the incident at Bury Street to come forward and contact gardaí in Ballina,” Supt Doherty told The Mayo News.