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Army jeep 'hijacked and rammed into patrol car'

A man has been charged in connection with the hijacking of an army sergeant's vehicle near an army camp in the Dublin mountains.

Joseph Haide (23) was alleged to have been part of a gang of up to five men who stole the army sergeant's jeep, after they flagged him down when their vehicle broke down at the side of the road.

It was alleged the gang took the army vehicle and then led gardai on a high speed chase all over north Wicklow and south county Dublin, before ramming into a garda car in Tallaght.

Judge James McDonnell said it was alleged that the "garda car was chasing the army vehicle".

Four gardai were injured after their patrol car was rammed, and they were taken to hospital for treatment.

Haide had his case adjourned at Tallaght District Court for five weeks while the DPP considers bringing fresh charges against him.

The accused, with an address at De Selby Rise in Tallaght is charged with unlawful carriage in a motor vehicle.

The alleged incident took place at Military Road, Kilbride Army Camp, Co Wicklow, shortly after 8pm on Saturday evening, April 17.

Garda Sergeant Bernard Jones said the army quarter master sergeant was flagged down by the group who was standing beside a broken-down car at the side of the road.

The court heard that he used his own vehicle to try to jumpstart the other vehicle, but while he was helping the men a bottle was produced and he was forced out of his jeep.

Sgt Jones said it is alleged that the occupants of the stolen vehicle then led gardai on a high-speed car chase through the Dublin mountains to Tallaght.

The sergeant said that gardai set up a roadblock but a patrol car was rammed, and four gardai were injured following the ramming.

The court heard that a file on the matter has been sent to the DPP, which is considering fresh charges against Haide.

Judge James McDonnell adjourned the matter for five weeks to a date in July.