EXCLUSIVE: Garda killer Martin McDermott has cheated death after he was involved in a horrific car smash outside Letterkenny.
The notorious 29 year old thug was treated for serious injuries at Letterkenny General Hospital after a car in which he was in crashed on Tuesday afternoon.
McDermott, from Raphoe, is only weeks out of prison after serving a jail sentence for the killing of tragic Garda Gary McLoughlin.
He was at the orthopaedic ward at Letterkenny General Hospital where he has suffered cracked ribs and broken bones in his back but signed himself out on Thursday.
McDermott was lucky to escape from the crash alive and he will be forced to wear a back brace for a number of weeks.
He was cut from the wreckage of the smash and taken by ambulance from the scene of the crash between Drumkeen and Letterkenny on the N13 road.
He was later interviewed by Gardai at Letterkenny General Hospital.
McDermott, from Raphoe, was controversially released from the Midlands Prison last month, four years into a seven-year sentence for killing Garda McLoughlin in Burt in 2009.
The career criminal, who has 91 previous convictions, decided to move to the north Dublin of Finglas after being made aware that he was not welcome in his home town because of his criminal past.
Garda McLoughlin (24) died in hospital 24 hours after McDermott rammed his patrol car while another Garda also suffered serious injuries.
McDermott was speeding towards Derry when he steered a stolen Opel Astra into Gda McLoughlin’s patrol car.
He was twice the legal drink-drive limit at the time, and had led gardai on a high speed chase for 30km from he border.
It emerged that the average speed McDermott drove at during the chase was 150kph.
He was jailed in July 2011 after being found guilty of manslaughter the manslaughter of the young Garda.
McDermott hit the headlines again when he escaped from the low-security open prison at Loughlin House in Co Cavan just eight months later.
When rearrested in Derry eight days after his escape, he assaulted PSNI officers and was jailed for four months in the North for that and for resisting arrest and disorderly behaviour before being extradited back to Ireland.Tags: