Sunday 20 April 2014

Man arrested after 4X4 van rams into pub and dole office

A 4 x 4 whihch ended up crashing through the recently build labour exchange offices in Buncrana after a high speed chase by Garda.  (Newspix Irl)
A 4 x 4 which ended up crashing through the recently built labour exchange offices in Buncrana after a high speed chase by Garda.

Gardai have arrested a man after a 4X4 rammed into a pub and a dole office in Co Donegal on Friday evening.

Nobody was hurt during either incident but considerable damage was caused.

The first incident happened at 10.30pm at Ture, Muff, when a 4X4 struck a pub. It is believed gardai became aware of the incident and pursued the white 03 vehicle towards Buncrana.

The 4X4 eventually mounted steps and crashed into the front of the Department of Social Protection offices in Buncrana at about 11pm.

A large amount of structural damage was caused to the offices. The building is next door to Buncrana garda station. A 40-year-old man was initially arrested for road traffic offences and released but then rearrested under the Criminal Justice Act. He is currently being questioned at Buncrana garda station.

A spokesman confirmed that nobody was hurt during the bizarre series of events.

The area is still sealed off and the 4X4 remains at the scene and is being forensically examined by gardai.

Local Buncrana town councillor Ciaran McLaughlin said people in the town were shocked.

"Like most other people in Buncrana, I'm shocked at the incidents. Nobody really knows what happened, we are all just relieved that nobody has been hurt," he said.

Irish Independent

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