13/07/2016

Three Men Arrested After 4x4 Rams Garda Checkpoint

Three men have been arrested as part of an operation targeting burglaries and theft in rural areas of Laois, Offaly, Tipperary, Carlow and Kilkenny,

The arrests were made after a 4x4 vehicle failed to stop for a garda checkpoint just before midnight on Tuesday, 12 July, at Cloncourse, Portlaoise.

The vehicle, which is understood to have been stolen in Co Laois on 23/24 June, rammed a marked Garda car and collided with a second Garda vehicle.

Three men fled from the vehicle into a field close by. Gardaí immediately searched the area with the assistance of the Garda Air Support Unit and made the arrests a short time later.

The men, aged 36, 38 and 39, were brought to Portlaoise and Tullamore Garda Stations where they are currently being detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984.

Four Gardaí received non-life threatening injuries during the incident and attended Midland Regional Hospital Portlaoise. No other injuries were reported.

The scene has been preserved for technical examination.

Vehicles, trailers and farm equipment have been recovered during on-going searches in connection with the operation.

The operation was carried out by Gardaí from Laois/Offaly, Carlow/Kildare and Tipperary Garda Divisions who were assisted by Regional Support Units and the Garda Air Support Unit.

(MH/LM)

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