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Monday 21 April 2014

Man arrested after four-wheel-drive rams pub and dole office

The Toyota 4WD ended up embedded in the local dole office in Buncrana

GARDAI have arrested a man after a four-wheel-drive rammed a pub and dole office in Co Donegal last night.

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

The first incident happened at 10.30pm at Ture, Muff, when a jeep struck a pub.

It is believed Gardai became aware of the incident and pursued the white 03 vehicle towards Buncrana.

The Toyota 4WD eventually mounted steps and crashed into the front of the Department of Social Protection offices in Buncrana 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 Garda spokesman confirmed that nobody was hurt during the bizarre series of events.

The area is still sealed off and the Toyota remains at the scene and is being forensically examined.

Local Buncrana Town Councillor Ciaran McLaughlin said people in the town are shocked.

 “Nobody really knows what happened yet but we are all just relieved that nobody has been hurt,” he said.

Stephen Maguire

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