Two gardai hospitalised, four people arrested after patrol car is rammed in head-on collision
Two gardai have been injured after a patrol car was rammed in a head-on collision this afternoon in Portlaoise.
The incident happened today after gardai attempted to stop a car travelling south after reports of burglaries in Cork and Tipperary areas.
It occurred on the Mountrath road outside Portlaoise.
Four people were arrested at the scene.
Emergency services are currently at the scene and several injuries have been reported, none thought to be life-threatening.
The garda car was hit on the driver’s side by a dark coloured BMW, which then overturned.
One man was arrested as he got out of the BMW, while three other men in the car fled on foot across neighbouring fields.
They were later arrested.
The two injuries of the two gardai – one man and a female - are not life-threatening.
Gardaí in Portlaoise have notified the office of the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission.
GSOC has sent a team of investigators to the scene.
The two garda members and one of the occupants of the other car were taken to hospital.
GSOC have been informed of the collision and have sent a team of investigators to the scene. The incident has been referred to the Garda Ombudsman for independent investigation in accordance with Section 102 of the Garda Siochana Act.