TWO gardai had to be cut from their patrol car after it was rammed by a van on a motorway last night.
The driver of the patrol car remains in hospital with head injuries; the passenger has been discharged after the incident on the M1 motorway in county Louth.
The van, a UK registered Ford Transit, was travelling at high speed on the north bound lane of the motorway and as a result of this it caught the attention of the garda traffic unit from Dundalk..
A garda spokesman said the injured gardai, who are stationed in Blackrock, had responded to a call for assistance from the traffic corps.
However the van did not stop and instead rammed the patrol car causing it to spin a number of times before colliding with a barrier on the hard shoulder of the M1 near junction 15.(Castlebellingham which is just south of Dundalk).
A garda spokesman said that the van, “seemed determined not to stop. This was a deliberate reckless act that could have resulted in far more serious injuries.”
The incident happed at 8.45 last night and resulted in a section of the motorway being closed for two and a half hours.