THE car that caused a multi-vehicle crash on Dublin's M50 motorway by driving the wrong way up a carriageway had minutes earlier sped away from a garda anti-crime taskforce unit.
Seven people, including three children, were injured in the collision, which resulted in debris from five cars being scattered over the busy motorway.
A Garda Siochana Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) probe into the incident is now under way.
Five vehicles, four cars and a van, were damaged in the multiple collision. Gardai had not pursued the fleeing car on to the M50 when it drove against traffic on the southbound carriageway.
At 8pm on Tuesday, two gardai had spotted the Skoda Octavia being driven suspiciously in the Rathmichael area. When they approached the car, occupied by a man in his late- 20s, it drove off at high speed.
Gardai followed and the car went on to the M50 at Junction 15, driving the wrong way. Near Junction 14 at Ballinteer, the Skoda crashed into one of two cars that had already been involved in an accident.
The Skoda spun out of control and careered across the road into the path of southbound traffic, striking three cars.
The Skoda driver, who is from Dublin city centre, suffered serious spinal injuries and remains in a serious condition in Beaumont Hospital. Gardai said it was a miracle no one had been killed in the incident.
Because a garda vehicle had the car under surveillance earlier in the evening the Garda Commissioner referred the matter to GSOC.
GSOC official Graham Doyle said their involvement was in accordance with normal protocol.