Officer 'dragged 500m' by car before fatal crash

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Media captionCCTV shows the car being driven erratically in Castleblaney before it crashed

A 47-year-old man has died in a crash and an Irish police officer has been dragged hundreds of metres by a car that he tried to stop before the collision.

The man who died was Stephen Marron, who was married with children.

The crash happened in Castleblaney in County Monaghan and a man believed to be from Northern Ireland has been arrested.

Police officers had attempted to stop a car shortly before the collision.

Believed to be a silver Audi A6, it dragged the officer about 1,640ft (500m) before crashing into a Skoda Octavia on Main Street at about 23:30 local time on Tuesday.

Mr Marron, from Castleblaney, died at the scene. It is understood he was delivering takeaway food.

'Friend to many'

A spokesman for the parish of Muckno in County Monaghan said it was "deeply shocked and saddened" by Mr Marron's death.

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Image caption The fatal two-car crash happened on Main Street in Castleblaney

He was an "active member of the community" as well as a "devoted husband, father, son, brother and a good friend to many", the spokesman added.

Michael Devlin, a Garda Síochaná (Irish police force) officer who is in his 30s and is stationed at Monaghan Garda Station, was taken to hospital with facial, head and leg injuries.

He has since been discharged from hospital.

A 34-year-old man who was arrested at the scene is being detained at Carrickmacross Garda Station.

Irish national broadcaster RTÉ said it understood the suspect was from Northern Ireland and he had entered Castleblaney Garda Station shortly before the crash.

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