Gardai find weapons hidden near scene of car crash following earlier Ennis incident
GARDAI dealing with a crash in which five men were injured found weapons -- including a machete -- hidden nearby.
Two of the men were seriously injured after the car in which they were travelling smashed into a stone wall before rolling over several times.
The alarm was raised at around 1.45am on Sunday by a passing motorist who discovered the black Nissan car on its roof in the middle of the road on a bad bend.
The crash happened just yards from Drumcliffe Cemetery on the outskirts of Ennis and at the same location where a young man was killed in a collision several years ago.
While dealing with the incident, gardai received information that one of the men was seen placing something behind a wall at the scene.
A number of weapons, including a machete, were discovered hidden behind a nearby wall. They were taken away for analysis.
It's also understood that gardai had been searching for the car following an earlier incident in Ennis.
The vehicle finally came to a stop about 20 metres from where it had first crashed into the wall.
Three of the men, all in their late teens and early 20s, managed to escape from the car while two others remained trapped inside. Fire crews spent almost an hour trying to remove the two men from the vehicle.
Four of the men were taken to the Mid Western Regional Hospital in Limerick for treatment for a variety of injuries. Two of the men were said to have been seriously hurt, although their injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.
The fifth man had already been placed on a stretcher and was ready to be removed to hospital when he became abusive and uncooperative and had to be arrested.
It's understood that gardai had been seeking the men in connection with an incident earlier at a house in Ennis.