Boy (16) in high-speed chase after stealing car 'at gunpoint'
An out-of-control teen stole a car from a social worker at "gunpoint" and drove it for almost 80km.
The dramatic incident unfolded at around 10.30pm on Wednesday, when the 16-year-old boy was travelling in a car with a female social worker in Ardee, Co Louth.
Heavily armed gardaí were then involved in a high-speed motorway chase which was eventually brought to an end near Tallaght, Dublin.
The boy, who is receiving residential care, threatened the young social worker with what was believed to be a firearm and demanded the car keys.
The woman ran away from the car and the teenager drove the silver Ford Focus from Ardee onto the M3 motorway and southbound to Dublin.
Senior Garda officers decided the situation was so serious that the heavily armed Regional Support Unit (RSU) was deployed to deal with it.
The chase continued onto the capital's M50, where it is understood the boy drove at very high speeds before he was eventually arrested near Tallaght.
The teenager was detained for alleged dangerous driving and drink driving offences and taken to Kells garda station in Co Meath.
He was released without charge yesterday and a file on the case will now be prepared for the DPP.
Sources have revealed that the female social worker was left "very shaken but unharmed".
Gardaí believe the 'gun' that the suspect pulled on her was an imitation firearm. It has not been recovered by investigating officers.
The stolen car was not damaged in the chase.
It is understood the boy now will be moved to more secure residential accommodation.