Gardaí injured as stolen car rams patrols at high speed
Two gardaí suffered injuries after two patrol vehicles were rammed by a stolen car during a high-speed car chase.
Gardaí arrested two men and a 16-year-old boy following the pursuit which was sparked by reports of a stolen car in the Horsepark area of Castlebar, Co Mayo, in the early hours of yesterday.
The injured men received treatment at Mayo University Hospital, Castlebar, but were discharged later.
Members of the Armed Support Unit were involved in the arrest operation.
Gardaí were alerted to a call that a blue Skoda Octavia car had been stolen at Horsepark in Castlebar at about 3.30am yesterday.
The Irish Independent understands it was then seen by a Garda patrol car on nearby Station Road.
The stolen car rammed the Garda car and then sped off in the direction of Ballyheane.
A Garda spokesperson said: "In the village of Ballyheane, this car again rammed the Garda car causing extensive damage to the patrol car.
"At 4.30am, the stolen Skoda car was observed in the Ballintubber area by another Garda unit, this Garda car was also rammed by the Skoda in the townland of Kilkerrin, Partry.
"A number of Garda units including an Armed Support Unit were in the area searching for the offending car."
The stolen Skoda was found crashed at Kilmaine Road.
Two men, aged 23 and 20, and a 16-year-old youth believed to have been in the stolen car were all arrested at the scene at about 4.30am.
They are detained at Castlebar Garda Station under the provisions of Section 4, Criminal Justice Act 1984.
Investigations into the incident are ongoing.