Tuesday 21 February 2017

Criminal who survived assassination bid arrested in relation to high-speed M50 garda chase

Robin Schiller

Published 08/10/2015 | 09:09

Picture:Arthur Carron
Picture:Arthur Carron
Picture:Arthur Carron

A known Dublin criminal who survived an assassination attempt in recent years was one of two men arrested in relation to a high-speed garda pursuit last night.

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Several marked garda cars as well as the helicopter air support unit were involved in the car chase on the southbound lane of the M50 motorway, with the chase lasting around 45 minutes.

Picture:Arthur Carron
Picture:Arthur Carron
Picture:Arthur Carron

Eye-witnesses described seeing “at least 15 garda cars” speeding “up and down” the motorway in pursuit of the car.

The silver saloon vehicle swerved in and out of traffic as it attempted to flee from gardai.

The incident ended just before 10pm when the vehicle left the motorway and crashed near the Leopardstown racecourse having careered into a curb.

During the chase a tyre of the silver vehicle burst and witnesses saw sparks coming from the wheel rims.

Picture:Arthur Carron
Picture:Arthur Carron

At least seven garda vehicles remained at the crash site last night to preserve the scene.

Two men have since been arrested and they are currently being questioned by investigating officers.

One of the men arrested is a known Dublin criminal who was once a member of the infamous Westies gang that ruled over the Blanchardstown and west Dublin area more than a decade ago.

The man, aged in his mid 30s, has been a major target for gardai in recent years as a result of a feud between former associates of the Westies gang.

The implosion of the mob saw bitter feud develop between members who were once classed as allies, with a fatal gangland shooting earlier this year linked to the dispute.

The other man arrested is aged in his late 30s and was also a member of the notorious west Dublin gang.

Regarded as a violent criminal, the former henchman for gang leaders Shane Coates and Stephen Sugg used to carry out vicious punishment beatings on drug-addicts who owed debts to the mob.

One of the men is due to appear before a sitting of Blanchardstown court this morning.

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