A garda was injured after being dragged along a road in Co Tipperary while investigating a possible drink driver.

The incident happened in the Birdhill area on Saturday 11 May after gardaí responded to a call from the public.

A man who was seen getting into a sports utility vehicle failed to stop and drove towards Birdhill.

It is believed there were two children in the car at the time.

However, he lost control of the SUV and struck a signpost at a junction in the village.

A garda approached the vehicle but was injured when it reversed and drove towards the Limerick road at speed.

The garda was taken to University Hospital Limerick where he was diagnosed with a broken ankle, numerous cuts and bruises, and head injuries.

A man in his 50s was arrested and was detained at Nenagh Garda Station.

The scene was examined by forensic investigators and investigations are ongoing.

The Garda Representative Association has commended the bravery of the garda, who they say was dragged more than 100 metres along the road.

In a statement, the GRA said: "His efforts to stop the vehicle were above and beyond the call of duty and he has paid a huge price for his bravery."