A 23-year-old man has been arrested and a garda taken to hospital after the driver of a van led gardai on a high-speed chase around Dublin.
The incident began when a vehicle failed to stop in the Kilcronan estate in Clondalkin at approximately 7pm yesterday evening.
The driver took off and led at least 13 patrol cars on a chase around the city.
The pursuit went from Clondalkin, over the M50 and on to the N2 before eventually heading up the North Circular Road.
He then brought the pursuing officers through Finglas and eventually to the Bleeding Horse Pub on Camden Street in Dublin's south-inner city.
It was there that an off-duty garda, who was not involved in the pursuit but responded to incident when he heard it on his radio, attempted to apprehend the fleeing suspect.
However, the driver ran over the courageous garda's foot before driving off.
A spokesperson for the garda press office confirmed that the garda had been taken to the Mater Hospital with injuries to his foot, but could not comment on the severity of the injury.
The pursuit ended on Patrick Street at approximately 8.45pm when the vehicle was boxed in.
The 23-year-old male was subsequently arrested and brought to Clondalkin Garda Station where he is currently being held.
A vehicle had been reported stolen earlier from the Fonthill area of Clondalkin, and it is believed that this van was involved in the high-speed chase.
The area in which the driver fled the garda checkpoint is in the same location where two people were shot over the weekend.
The two non-fatal shootings and the beginning of the car chase all happened in a three-day period within a one-mile radius of each other.