Women arrested after car chase
TWO women were arrested by gardai following a high-speed pursuit after a cross-Border crime spree in five counties.
It began in Co Down on Sunday afternoon when a Mercedes car was stolen from Newry.
The car was later spotted in Dundalk and was then found abandoned on the Dublin Road in Navan where a white Renault van was taken.
The van was then driven to north Kildare where a set of car keys was stolen from a pub in Celbridge but the thieves were disturbed by a staff member as they tried to steal the vehicle in the car park.
Gardai set up a number of roadblocks in Lucan and Leixlip in an effort to detain the suspects.
But the stolen van was driven through several traffic lights and reached a speed of 130mph in a 50mph zone.
The van careered on to the M4 motorway but crashed and the two women were detained. They were taken to Leixlip garda station where they were questioned about vehicle theft, dangerous driving and driving under the influence of alcohol.
Meanwhile, gardai have recovered stolen machinery, worth at least €40,000. A search of premises at Gibbstown, Navan, led to the recovery of a JCB loader, a truck and other large plant machinery. Four men were arrested at the scene.