Monday 19 February 2018

Teen leads eight garda vehicles in car chase

Oberstown and Trinity House Campus, Lusk, Co. Dublin
Oberstown and Trinity House Campus, Lusk, Co. Dublin
Conor Feehan

Conor Feehan

A teenager who was arrested in a stolen car after leading eight garda cars and the garda helicopter on a high-speed chase had escaped a detention centre for young offenders last week.

The youth, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was one of four teens who escaped from the Oberstown House complex in Lusk, Co Dublin, recently.

Two managed to flee the centre on Sunday, May 17, while another two fled last Tuesday. Two of the absconders who escaped on the Sunday later returned to Oberstown and are back in detention, but until yesterday the other two remained at large.

Then between 5.30am and 6am yesterday there was a dramatic development when a Hyundai Santa-Fe car was stolen from a house in Tallaght.

The alarm was raised immediately and local garda units spotted the vehicle being driven away from the area and followed it but it failed to stop.

As the stolen vehicle raced down the Tallaght bypass towards Templeogue more units joined in the pursuit. By the time the stolen car reached the Spawell roundabout there were eight garda vehicles chasing it and the pursuit was also being monitored from the air by the garda helicopter.

The car then turned around the Spawell roundabout and drove at speed back up the other side of the bypass towards Tallaght.

The stolen car was eventually stopped in Jobstown and one youth was arrested at the scene. He was taken to Tallaght Garda Station for questioning and it has emerged that he is one of those who had escaped from Oberstown. He is now believed to be back in detention.

Irish Independent

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