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Hit-run suspect accused of ramming patrol cars

A HIGH-speed chase developed after a garda was knocked down by a car before it rammed two patrol vehicles and caused another road crash, a court heard yesterday.

A 20-year-old man was charged in relation to the hit-and-run on the garda at a checkpoint near the Oxegen festival and a high-speed chase through Kildare in the early hours of yesterday morning.

Shane Hanbury (20) of Cloonmore Park, Tallaght, Dublin, was charged with dangerous driving at a special sitting of Naas District Court.

The man was arrested along with two other men, one in his late teens and another in his early 20s, and taken to Naas Garda Station. The other two men who were in the car were released without charge.

The injured garda was treated at Naas General Hospital after he received cuts and bruising to the head in the incident. He received stitches but was discharged from the hospital later on yesterday morning.

The court heard the control room at Punchestown received a call at 1.40am yesterday morning in relation to a garda having been knocked down by a car at Beggars End Cross, near the festival site.

Sgt Tom Bowe told the court: "The car drove at a number of members of the gardai and attempted to knock them down.

"The car continued at high speed towards Watch House Cross in Naas where it rammed a patrol car. It was then pursued by members of the Regional Support Unit where it caused another accident and rammed another garda car."

Nobody was injured in the other road crash.

Judge John Coughlan refused bail and remanded the man in custody to Cloverhill Prison to appear at Naas District Court again on Wednesday.