Four gardaí hospitalised after patrol car rammed by three men suspected of rural burglaries
Four gardaí sustained injuries after a stolen car rammed into their patrol cars early this morning.
Three men in their 30s were arrested shortly after the incident in connection with a series of rural burglaries.
The men, aged 36, 38 and 39 years, were arrested as part of an operation targeting burglaries and theft in rural areas of Laois, Offaly, Tipperary, Carlow and Kilkenny.
Shortly after midnight this morning, a stolen 4x4 vehicle failed to stop for a garda checkpoint at Cloncourse, Portlaoise.
The vehicle, which was stolen in Laois on June 23/24 of this year, then rammed a marked garda car and collided with a second patrol car.
Four gardaí were taken to Midland Regional Hospital, Portlaoise, where they were treated for non-life threatening injuries. There were no other reported injuries.
The three men fled from the 4x4 vehicle into a nearby field, but they were arrested following a search of the area by gardaí and the Garda Air Support Unit.
The men were transferred to Portlaoise and Tullamore garda stations, where they are being held under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984.
The scene was preserved for technical examination.
Gardaí from Laois/Offaly, Carlow/Kildare and Tipperary have seized a number of vehicles, trailers and farm equipment as part of ongoing searches for the operation.